Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho has finally opened up on his bad blood days with President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The Mombasa governor has revelaed that he would sneak out of his home as early as 4am to attend Kenyatta’s functions in Mombasa so he could tell him off.
He would go into hiding with only his bodyguard and wait for when the President’s function was about to start, so he could show up.
His sole purpose, according to Joho, was to make sure he denounced Uhuru and his Jubilee administration, knowing full well he’d get a public tongue lashing in return. It would be in all the papers.
He revealed this on Sunday during the Embrace Movement launch at the Sheikh Zayed Centre in Bombolulu, Mombasa.
Likoni MP Mishi Mboko and Public Service, Youth and Gender CAS Rachael Shebesh presided over the launch.
Once Uhuru ordered Joho to be placed under house arrest at his home so he wouldn’t disrupt his function.
But the governor also feared his own allies would show up at his house and prevent him from going to presidential functions.
“I used to call people, my close allies. ‘Uhuru is coming
“After our meetings, I would go to sleep but always at around 2am. All sleep was gone because I would mull over what to do.
At the functions,
But Joho would gather his courage, telling himself that whatever happens, he would get his message across about how the Coast has been marginalised.
“Whenever my chance to speak came, I always took several steps forward and never looked at Uhuru and my friends on the other side in the eye.
“I would always face the crowd and tell them (Jubilee administration) off, knowing full well that when they stood up to speak, I would be on the receiving end. But I knew by then my message would have been received,” he revealed.
However, also confessed that there was always that small voice within himself, rebuking him for dividing Jubilee and ODM people in Mombasa.
“After all is said and done, what we all shall be remembered for as leaders, is our contribution to building a united Kenya,” he said.
The governor said only a fool would reject the Embrace Movement because Kenya belongs to everyone. It is a unity movement launched by women.