Mombasa governor, Hassan Ali Joho, was forced to cut short his rally in Kilifi county after goons raided the dias during Azimio la Umoja Kenya One coalition party popularisation tour of the area.
Joho’s bodyguards were forced to intervene as the goons attempted to push away Kilifi deputy governor, Gideon Saburi, who was addressing the crowd at Cleopatra Grounds on Thursday, May 26.
The rowdy youth wanted the deputy governor to wrap up his speech and give room to other speakers who were present at the rally.
ODM leader Raila Odinga with Mombasa governor Hassan Joho and Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir in MombasaCOURTESY
Prior to the incident, the youth had demanded to be addressed by Joho even as Saburi tried to calm them down.
“Relax, Joho has heard you and you can now cool down. I want to tell you that we wanted Joho to vie for the presidency but he talked with baba (Raila) and said Baba Tosha,” he urged the youth.
Owing to the tension that was building up, Kilifi gubernatorial candidate, Gideon Mung’aro, and Joho were forced to leave the dias as their bodyguards joined in to escort them and women leaders who were present.
During the scuffle, Saburi’s shirt was torn as one of his aides tried to intercept the goons who had taken control of the dias. Some of the politicians’ supporters were forced to leave the rally in a huff fearing that the situation would escalate to a full-blown war.
Before the rally, leaders from the coast region had held a stakeholder meeting with grassroots leaders where they dismissed claims by Deputy President, William Ruto, that he will resolve land problems and revert port operations to Mombasa if elected President.
Joho also faulted Kilifi governor, Amason Kingi, for claiming his Pamoja African Alliance party signed a pre-election agreement with Ruto to buy land from absentee landlords to settle squatters.
He dared the DP to donate parcels of land he owned at the Coast to the residents if he was serious about his policies.
“I want to tell you, if I get into the lands office, all that which has not been done for all those years will be done immediately. I am a Kenyan who believes in myself, when I go to the table, I go as a complete Kenyan, I will be a full representative of the people,” stated Joho.
“If you do not know the law, I now remind you that because the land is of high value and you claim it was given to you as a present, it is now a public property, and you are supposed to give it back to Taita Taveta people very fast,” he told the DP.