In Summary
  • Deputy governor William Kingi defended Mr Joho against accusations that the tour was not beneficial to Mombasa residents.

  • Dr Kingi explained that apart from the main meetings, Mr Joho held several others not included in the programme.

  • Mr Joho’s photos in the company of American socialite Paris Hilton, which were widely shared on social media.

Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho is expected back in the country this weekend from his month-long tour of the US, amid a storm over his prolonged absence from the county.

The county director of communications Richard Chacha confirmed that the governor would jet into the country this afternoon after a “working” tour in the US.

The governor left the country in the first week of July.

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Mr Chacha and deputy governor William Kingi defended Mr Joho against accusations that the tour was not beneficial to Mombasa residents. An official programme released by the governor’s office showed that Mr Joho was to commence his tour on July 8 by holding meetings with the IREX President and the Microsoft Public Policy Office in Washington DC.

The following day, he was to hold a meeting with officials from the State Department and CT Office before travelling to Redmond, Washington (Seattle) for a meeting with the Microsoft Africa Team on Wednesday.

The programme states that Mr Joho was to conclude his tour on July 12 after meeting with officials from the Agriculture Liaison and CT Home Office.

Mr Joho’s delegation comprised his personal assistant David Odada, his advisers Hamisi Mwaguya and Tendai Mtana, his personal secretary, a Ms Najma, and a personal bodyguard identified as Mr Mohamed.

Mr Chacha denied claims that the trip was a waste of taxpayer’s money.

“County employees have imprest and so is the governor. If he does an extension then the money comes from his pocket,” said Mr Chacha.

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