Joho’s Gameplan After Msambweni Loss

  • ODM Deputy Party Leader Ali Hassan Joho has revealed his game plan following the party’s loss in the hotly contested Msambweni by-election after Feisal Bader beat his candidate Omar Boga.

    The Mombasa Governor was vocal during the campaign period as he tore into Deputy President William Ruto and Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya, promising to thrash them during the by-election. 

    Joho noted that the loss is set to effect a political rebirth as Omar Boga is preparing to vie for a top seat in the upcoming 2022 General Election.

    The county boss stated that he would support Boga in the 2022 polls to stamp his influence in the coast region. 

    ODM leader Raila Odinga (second right) hands nomination certificate to Omar Boga (second left) for the Msambweni, Kwale by-elections in December 2020

    “Many people thought it was the end. They should be well prepared as he (Omar Boga) is aiming at the top.

    “He is coming for the top position and he is ready to challenge Ruto. He was called Sultan with no crown and he is warning all opponents from Ruto to Salim Mvurya,” noted Joho.

    The former Kisauni MP was made to eat humble pie after daring Ruto to pitch camp in Msambweni to campaign for Bader, a candidate the DP backed in the by-election.

    “If you’re man enough, don’t play Msambweni politics at Karen and on Twitter while posting pictures! Come here and let’s meet man to man.

    “I won’t allow anyone to even imagine that they can come and play with us in our region, be it William Ruto or his people. He is a coward! He’s so afraid to visit the constituency and all he can do is send his people,” warned had Joho.

    The ODM deputy party leader also had a war of words with Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya who had publicly asked his Mombasa counterpart to desist from reigning in his backyard, adding that Kwale was not a sub-county of Mombasa.

    The Mombasa Governor, in one of his campaign trails, exuded confidence and asked former Prime Minister Raila Odinga not to set foot in Msambweni as they are assured of a victory.

    The Msambweni by-election was seen as a test of popularity for Mvurya and Joho in their bid for National Politics with both of them in their final terms as Governors.

    The loss in Msambweni left Joho with an egg on his face with the Tangatanga brigade including Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa mocking him after the loss.

    Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya addresses Msambweni residents in Kwale on Sunday, December 6, 2020.
    Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya addresses Msambweni residents in Kwale on Sunday, December 6, 2020.

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