Coast Leaders tell off ODM ‘rebels’

A section of elders drawn from the six Coast region counties have told ODM ‘rebels’ to respect Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho.

The elders were represented by Ibrahim Langalia (Taita Taveta), Ali Said (Tana River), Juma Fimbo (Kilifi), Mohamed Issa (Lamu), Mohamed Kutsetsera (Kwale) and Ali Faranga (Mombasa).

Under Sauti ya Wazee wa Pwani banner, the elders who visited Nation Media Group offices in Mombasa said Governor Joho is national figure who should be respected.

They particularly asked Msambweni MP Suleiman Dori and his Malindi counterpart Aisha Jumwa to respect the ODM deputy party leader.

“Mr Dori and Ms Aisha, were supported by Mr Joho while running for their seat in last year’s General Election. Unfortunately, after winning, they have suddenly found solace by attacking the governor whenever they accompany the Deputy President William Ruto in his coast visits. This is an act of betrayal and as elders upholding respect for Mr Joho, we feel offended by their antics,” said Mzee

Kutsetsera, the group’s spokesman. They said that they would rally their support for Mr Joho’s 2022 presidential bid since he is the only leader capable of going for the top seat from the Coast at the moment.

“Mr Joho has now achieved the needed to take this region to the next step in politics.

He has the qualities of our past leaders who included the late Ronald Ngala,Karisa Maitha, Sharrif Nassir, Jembe Mwakalu, Abdalla Mwidau, Sharrif Nassir, and Juma Boy. It is disturbing that instead of the leaders supporting him for the top seat, they are busy brining him down. As elders, we want them come back home and support the governor as he equally supported them,” added Mzee Kutsetsera.

Said Khamis, an elder from Kwale said the leaders castigating the governor have no vision for the region.

“They are busy attacking the governor in podiums but they have not told their electorate what they have done on the ground. In all these antics, the governor has remained mum, that is the sign of a good leader. They should apologise to the governor and join him in his quest for the top seat,” said Mzee Khamis.

Mzee Ali Said Ana said that although they welcome Mr Ruto for development tours, the speed at which his allies are turning the tours into political campaigns is making them uncomfortable.

“We know that the DP is touring the country for projects implementation but the ‘rebel’ legislators have found a chance to hit at the governor. This is very unfortunate,” said Mzee Said.


[COUNTIES] Coast elders tell ODM ‘rebels’ to respect Governor Joho: Elders say Joho is national figure who should be respected.

— Breaking News (@News_Kenya) October 3, 2018

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