The Star (Nairobi)

2 February 2013

Kenya: Joho Forgives Detractors, Woos College Students

MOMBASA governor hopeful Ali Hassan Joho has said he holds no grudge against his detractors who tried to block his name from the ballot.

The Transport assistant minister, who was cleared by the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission, was speaking after hosting students from various local universities at his Nyali home on Thursday evening.

"I am glad to say that I am ODM's Mombasa governor flagbearer after attempts to block me failed. I urge everyone to vote for me because I have what it takes to turn the economy of this county if I elected," said Joho.

A Nairobi court dismissed a case in which a Mombasa voter had sued Kenya National Examination Council and the University of Nairobi demanding they confirm the authenticity of Joho's academic certificates.

Joho added that the court verdict and his IEBC clearance were strong statements that he is an honest man.

"I believe that with your votes, prayers and support I will become the governor of this county so that I better education that has been dwindling under the same people who question other people's qualifications. We have to liberate Mombasa leaders who are against academic success," he said.

"Mombasa needs a governor who is business-oriented and politically experienced because there are times we need to make profits from our endeavours and other times make hard choices for the sake of our people. We need to do away with the experience clause to employ fresh graduates for they can deliver."

The outgoing Kisauni MP will face businessman Suleiman Shahbal, KPA former managing director Abdallah Mwaruwa, Mvita MP Najib Balala's ally Ibrahim Khamis Babangida, former Kaloleni MP Chibule wa Tsuma and Tendai Mtana Lewa.

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