In Summary
  • The announcement by Governor Joho, who is ODM deputy leader, came after that of Siaya Senator James Orengo, who said Mr Odinga will vie once again for the presidency in the next general election.

  • Mr Joho said that as a national figure, he has already drawn a full plan that will see him traverse the country in search of votes.

  • Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi said the coast can only implement its economic and political agenda through unity of purpose, not politics of deceit and hatred.

  • The leaders said the region will decide, at the right time, on the best 'political vehicle' to use in 2022.

Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho reiterated on Saturday that he will vie for the presidency in 2022, crowding the list of possible candidates in the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), whose leader is Raila Odinga.

The announcement by Governor Joho, who is ODM deputy leader, came after that of Siaya Senator James Orengo, who said Mr Odinga will vie once again for the presidency in the next general election.

NO RELENTING

Speaking on Saturday during an opinion leaders' meeting at Wild Waters in Mombasa, Mr Joho said people doubting his resolve should understand that he will not relent.

“When I first announced my bid, people thought I was joking but now the tide is clear," he told the meeting of more than 1,000 leaders.

"This time if I fail, I will fail at the presidential ballot. The train has left the station and there's no looking back."

The governor went on to note that he and Kilifi governor Amason Kingi declared their positions "a long time ago".

"The journey has now begun. I assure you that I will be in the race," he said. "The success of my ambition will, however, largely depend on your support as your son in this region."

COAST VOTES

Mr Joho said that as a national figure, he has already drawn a full plan that will see him traverse the country in search of votes.

His hopes are also for the 1.7 million votes at the Coast.

“I have the capability of going around the country to campaign so those who think a person from the coast is unable to win the presidency must think again. I will be in the race and I will be unstoppable until the last count on the ballot,” he said.

The governor said no leader can purport to speak on behalf of Coast residents without consulting them.

"Such a leader is a liar who cannot be trusted. This, again, is the reason we have called you here so that you can give your views on the future of Coast unity for documentation,” he said.

“Apart from embracing the national handshake, we must also have our own Coast handshake and forge ahead in development. Leadership has responsibilities. We need each other as we push for unity,” he added.

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