President Kenyatta Governor Hassan Joho
BY UPESINEWS CORRESPONDENT,MOMBASA,31ST MAY 2017-For the second time in row Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho has found himself in a tight corner when he tried to attend the launch of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) passenger train in Miritini on Wednesday 31ST MAY 2017.
Mombasa County Director of Communications, Richard Chacha, who earlier spoke to upesinews.co.ke Said security agents allegedly told Joho that “orders from above stated he should not be allowed to attend the event”.
The security officers at the station said orders from above demanded the governor be barred from gaining entry into the station, where President Uhuru Kenyatta was presiding over the launch of SGR. Following the information, the governor left the station for his office,” Richard Chacha told Citizen Digital on phone.
Government spokesperson Eric Kiraithe had on Tuesday said Governor Joho was free to attend the launch of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) on Wednesday, May 31, but “Joho should not demand, through media, to be incorporated in the President’s programme”.
Speaking at a Mombasa hotel during a media briefing on Tuesday, May 30, Kiraithe said: “President Uhuru Kenyatta will be expecting the governor’s presence”.
The government spokesperson stated that the Mombasa County chief should be at the forefront in celebrating the major milestone in the improvement of infrastructure, given Joho’s constituents will benefit from employment opportunities created by the SGR, and that tourism, too, will experience a major boost.
This is the second such incident for Joho who in April was barred from attending the re-launch of Mtongwe ferry services which was also presided over by president Kenyatta.