In Summary
  • Before the Uhuru-Raila political truce, the area was an ODM stronghold.

  • Mr Joho, who is ODM’s deputy Party Leader, has been angling to inherit the fanatical support his party leader Odinga enjoys in the area.
  • But the handshake has seen his allies, some of whom he helped get elected, dining with Mr Ruto.

Former allies of Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho appear to have turned against him in the battle for Coast votes ahead of the 2022 General Election.

On Saturday, a group of MPs told Mr Joho to work with them if he is to remain relevant in politics, and even suggested that he joins forces with Deputy President William Ruto. Last year, Mr Joho said he would gun for the presidency in 2022.

Coast parliamentary group chairman Suleiman Dori, who is also Msambweni MP, said it would be difficult for the governor to ascend to the presidency without the support of elected leaders in the region.

ODM STRONGHOLD

"You cannot achieve your dream without seeking the support of everyone. You cannot rely on votes from a section of the community to win the presidency. You must work closely with others so that we walk together as a team," Mr Dori said at a meeting attended by Mr Ruto in Kisauni, Mombasa, on Saturday.

The DP has been visiting the Coast to cash in on the March 9 handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Premier Raila Odinga. The region has for long been hostile to Jubilee. It voted overwhelmingly for the opposition last year and in previous elections, motivating Mr Joho to express interest in the presidency in 2022.

Before the Uhuru-Raila political truce, the area was an ODM stronghold.

SKIPPED MEETINGS

Mr Joho, who is serving his second term and last term as governor, and who is ODM’s deputy Party Leader, has been angling to inherit the fanatical support his party leader Odinga enjoys in the area.

But the handshake has seen his allies, some of whom he helped get elected, dining with Mr Ruto.

Although Mr Joho says he backs the handshake and has ended his differences with President Kenyatta, he has mainly embraced the former TNA wing of Jubilee and given Mr Ruto a cold shoulder.

The governor attended President Kenyatta’s launch of Dongo Kundu bypass phase one and greeted and hugged the top two Jubilee leaders.

But he has skipped eight return meetings of Mr Ruto to the coast.

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