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Monday, 03 Apr 2017 09:12 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
Mombasa senator Hassan Omar has asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to stop the government's perceived harassment of Governor Hassan Joho, claiming President Uhuru Kenyatta's administration was doing the governor more good than harm by continuously harassing him. Mr Omar said Joho was vulnerable politically and should be dealt with in the ballot rather than through government repression.
Speaking at the campaign launch of Mr Daniel Muange, the Wiper Party candidate for Changamwe parliamentary seat, Mr Omar said Joho was an academic failure who should not lead. "Nataka huyo jamaa wa D- (I am ready to tackle that guy who scored D-). He's beatable, leave him to me to deal with him in the election," he said, appealing to President Kenyatta not to worry about the governor.
The event was attended by Mr Muange and and aspirants for county representative positions from Changamwe and the rest of Mombasa. Mr Omar urged youths to discard the governor at the ballot, saying he was ready to tackle Mr Joho in the election. He did not condemn the government for tactics even some Jubilee Party supporters have seen as excessive in trying to contain Mr Joho.
Mr Omar spoke as the president's battle against the governor was felt as helping build his reputation as the face of struggle by Coastal residents. A message doing the rounds on WhatsApp platforms, apparently created by Joho supporters, ridicules the president for ordering state agencies including the police, Directorate of Criminal Intelligence, the National Examinations Council and Kenya Revenue Authority to investigate the governor yet he had claimed that his hands were tied when it comes to fighting corruption.
"Uhuru is not fighting corruption, he's fighting Joho who is opposed to the Kenyatta family's plans to buy the Mombasa Port," the message concludes. Among local ODM supporters, Mr Omar has portrayed himself in local politics as working for the Jubilee cause. "He is a spoiler who will be taught a lesson for going against the party," said Suleiman Bakari, an ODM activist.