Former Mombasa governor Hassan Joho says he is ready to work with President William Ruto for the good of the coastal people.
Hassan Joho; former Mombasa governor and an ally of Raila Odinga has promised to seek an audience with President Ruto over the coastal issue.
The former Mombasa governor was speaking in a meeting on Thursday, October 19, during which the affairs relevant to the coastal populace were deliberated.
He said the resolution was to meet the president and present to him what the people of the subject counties wanted to be addressed by the national government.
In the course of this, Joho said political leanings would be immaterial.
“From today, all of us as coastal leaders will enhance our unity immaterial of political affiliations. This therefore means we would be all united under unity of purpose irrespective of our political sides,” he said.
Joho said the unity initiated would be long-term with disregard for the leaders’ respective political attachments.
The governors had been instructed to come up with the summarised agendas pertinent to their counties which would inform the meeting with Ruto.
Charged with seeking the needed audience with the president on behalf of the leaders were Gender and Culture CS Aisha Jumwa alongside her Mining, Blue Economy, and Maritime Affairs counterpart Salim Mvurya.
“We will allow the six counties and all the leaders to come up with a development agenda for the region which we will evaluate and formally engage the president with it. We will prioritize the coastal person while having a structured engagement with the president,” said Joho.
Top of the agenda would be the politics around the ports in the region, with the privatization of the Port of Mombasa being of keen interest.
“We have agreed that since we currently having the talks touching on the Mombasa port and its privatization, including the Lamu and Shimoni ports, we will engage the president to see to it that the natives have a say on their resources,” said Joho.
The meeting brought together a host of influential leaders from the region, among them Speaker of the Senate Amason Kingi, CSs Jumwa and Mvurya, senators, members of parliament, Speakers of the various county assemblies, and current and former governors.
Joho and Ruto have long been political opponents, the former pledging allegiance to ODM leader Raila Odinga, who is another of Ruto’s longstanding political rivals.
He oversaw Mombasa for two periods of five years as its first governor.
Joho while advancing Raila’s fifth presidential bid gunned for a Cabinet position; he had been slated to be in charge of the Lands docket in the event Raila won the presidency.