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Imams claim government is targeting Mombasa governor

22 August 2013, 14:10 John Kioko

Mombasa - Religious leaders in Coast Province have accused the government of working behind the scenes to see Mombasa governor Hassan Joho thrown out his seat.

Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya (CIPK) South Coast branch chair Sheikh Amir Banda said that the problem facing Joho concerning his election to the gubernatorial seat was orchestrated by the government.

Banda said the government is planning to back someone who will serve as its puppet in the region and not a servant to the Mombasa residents like Joho.

He added that Joho's problems started after he publicly declared that Mombasa Port was a county’s asset and not the central government's asset and since the government does not want to lose it, they hatched a plan to ensure Joho loses his post.

“We know Joho's stand on the issue of Mombasa Port is the major problem, not because he did not qualify vying for the gubernatorial seat in Mombasa, or because he did not win. The fact that he is a threat to the central government on the issue of port now he is being mistreated in the name of petition,” he said.

Banda was addressing the media at Ukunda in his office Wednesday where he said that it is time for coast political leaders, cleric leaders and residents to support Joho and leaders who have interest of the people at heart.

“Mombasa port is known to be the gate to all sources of income of this country just like Kismayu in Somalia and so the government is fighting not to lose it easily. That's why they want a puppet leader whom they can use for their own greed interests,” he added.

The cleric said that Joho was cleared by the IEBC before March 4 election and wondered where the issue of his university degree is coming from.

He said courts should not accept to be used but instead stick to the law to avoid losing credibility and respect of the public.

“We know Kethi Kilonzo was disqualified to vie for senator of Makueni not because she was not registered but because she refused to support a certain party. That's why her registration was deleted and we fear that they want to do the same to Joho by using different avenues to trap him,” said Banda.

Banda said they will not allow such things to happen in the coast province terming it as bad and rotten politics which should be avoided for the sake of unity of the country.

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