Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho has dismissed claims by President Kenyatta over the source and amount of funds used to construct the Buxton footbridge.
The governor made his claim while sharing the stage with the president after he boasted about his government’s allocation of large amounts of money to Coast counties.
“Over KSh 600 million has been used to build this foot bridge. Foot paths and slums at the Coast will be upgraded at a cost of Sh3.2 billion,” said Uhuru.
When Joho spoke, he clarified that the money for the bridge was donated by World Bank and not by the Jubilee government.
“I know the history of this project. It started in 2010 way before Jubilee came to power,” said Joho.
“What we want to hear being announced is that the Jubilee government will leave behind a few billions for several projects.”
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The ODM allied county boss defended his remarks saying in Swahili that this was an election year, hence his defense.
”As a county government, we have done our part. We want to see what Jubilee has done for the people as we head to the election,” he added.
He also reminded the President that Mombasa was a CORD stronghold whether or not Jubilee allocated funds for projects.
Governor Joho then went on to thank the President for visiting Mombasa and commissioning projects.
The Buxton footbridge will allow the free flow of traffic and increase pedestrian safety. It is also the first ever footbridge in the coast.
Along with the Buxton footbridge, Uhuru also commissioned the Ziwa la Ngombe Informal Settlement Infrastructural Improvement Project in Nyali and Mombasa Storm Water Drainage Improvement Project in Bamburi.