Joho Endorses Abdulswamad Nassir’s Mombasa Gubernatorial Bid - hivipundetv.com

Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho has endorsed Mvita MP Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir’s bid to succeed him as the coastal county boss next year.

Speaking during the county’s Annual Governor’s Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at the Treasury Square on Saturday, Joho reiterated that he is not running for any seat in Mombasa and hailed Nassir as the next governor.

“Tutakuja hapa kuunga mkono ndugu zangu wengine tupeleke mbele, na ninaambia hawa, Abdulswamad atakuwa governor my friend. Safari ndio hii, mwelekeo tumeuweka ni nyinyi sasa mfuate,” said Joho to applause by the crowd in attendance.

An elated Nassir took the stage to thank Joho, extending an early invitation to the county boss at next year’s edition of the ceremony.

“You are the chief guest for next year’s governor’s Christmas tree lighting, nimekualika kabisa,” said Nassir. 

Joho and Nassir’s statements come amidst their party chief Raila Odinga’s tour of the county as he popularizes his 2022 presidential bid.

Joho hailed the ODM leader as the perfect fit for president and urged him to review the operations at the Mombasa port as well as streamlining land grievances and youth unemployment once he ascends into power next year.

“Raila amebeba Sura ya taifa. Raila anahesabu kama nyumba yake miaka nenda miaka rudi. Kama kuna muda ile ndoto yetu imekaribia tumeiona Odinga anakwenda kuwa rais ni sasa. Na nataka kuwaambia mtu yeyote anayekuja akiwadanganya wachaneni naye,” Joho told congregants on Sunday.

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He further stated that he shelved his 2022 presidential ambitions to give way for Odinga to give it another try.

“Tuwe na mipango mizuri. Nilisema awali nataka kuwa Rais. Mimi ni mtoto ukiona Baba anataka Kula nyama.ya kuku utashindana naye?” posed Joho.

Nassir, on his part, praised Odinga as a key support figure to Joho, urging him to support him as well once he clinches the presidency.

“Tunakuomba uweze kubadilisha Maisha ya watu wetu… naomba ukiwa president Ile support ulimpatia Gavana Joho unipe pia Mimi nikiwa Gavana wa Mombasa,” he stated.

The two were accompanying Odinga in his campaigns alongside Mombasa Senator Mohamed Faki Jomvu MP Mbadi Twalib and his Likoni counterpart Mishi Mboko.

Nassir will be facing businessman Suleiman Shahbal, who is also an ODM member, in the quest for Mombasa’s top seat.

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