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Jubilee strategists fear Uhuru's rage portends election panic, could lower morale in backyard

Uhuru is making it hard to build a relationship with ODM governors. As the governor of Mombasa, Joho is expected to welcome the president at his county and accompany him when conducting the county functions and developments, despite their political differences whenever he visits.

By David Mutuadmutua@kenyafreepress.comTuesday, 14 Mar 2017 10:07 EAT

President Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto during the commissioning of the Mtongwe Ferry in Mombasa yesterady. (Photo: Courtsey/PSCU).

Jubilee campaign strategists are concerned by President Uhuru Kenyatta's repeated display of anger in recent weeks and have sought experts from the United Kingdom to counsel the president, this website can authoritatively reveal. Two political consultants from the UK have held talks with the president and the Jubilee campaign team led by former cabinet minister Raphael Tuju, according to our sources.

Yesterday, the president engaged in perhaps his most emotional outburst yet, ordering the detention of Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho to prevent the governor from attending the relaunch of the Mutongwe Ferry whose refurbishment was catered for by the national government, then using the event to hurl insults at the governor who did not even attend the function.

The president claimed at his function, which was held at Nyali hours after GSU officers had blocked Joho from entering into Mombasa Town, that the governor was following him wherever he went as if he was Uhuru's wife. "Let Joho stop following me, I'm not his wife, let him come and tell you of the projects he has done for the four years”, the president said. He also said against Joho that he is a mere person to him and that he can fix him well so has no reason to stand against him.

Even though the governor held a press conference after his 'release' and derided the misuse of police authority, it was not expected that President Kenyatta would compound the order for Joho's detention by using abusive language at the event. Jubilee analysts contacted by this website saw problems with the president's conduct at several levels.

First was that the order to detain the governor, which infringed upon his freedom of movement. "Stopping Joho from accessing the town, without any notice given to him or direct phone call from the President, was unconstitutional and reeked of dictatorship," said a Jubilee Party source, who believed the action plays into the hands of the opposition that has sought to paint the Jubilee administration as a poster child of Kanu.

The source also said that Uhuru was making it hard to build a relationship with ODM governors. As the governor of Mombasa, Joho is expected to welcome the president at his county and accompany him when conducting the county functions and developments, despite their political differences whenever he visits.

The governor said angrily yesterday that Uhuru had proved his "backwardness" by stopping him from accessing the event or even getting into town. He told KTN that the president or his allies should have politely asked him not to attend the rally, even if the ferry is a devolved function that affects life of his people.

A third concern for Jubilee strategists is that the altercation with Joho stole the focus from Uhuru's projects at the Coast including the ferry launch. "What Kenyans now see is that Jubilee has not interest other than trying to get votes at the Coast, and in that scheme of things Joho presents a roadblock and is therefore an enemy of the Jubilee government," he said.

One source told this website that the president would need to change his approach to issues quickly as the opposition NASA struggles with identifying a candidate. "If that comes out successfully, they could generate unassailable momentum when we are still stuck in dealing the emotions of the president."

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