Governor Ali Hassan Joho has accused President Kenyatta of restricting his movement in his county after he was allegedly blocked from attending the President’s reopening of the Mtongwe ferry services.
According to Joho, Uhuru instructed General Service Unit officers to deny the governor entrance into the venue.
He said GSU and Flying Squad detectives raided his house in Nyali before setting up checkpoints in every outlet of Nyali.
Speaking to journalists, Joho said:
“I used my private car so they did not know which vehicle I was in. My official car was with the driver only.”
He said the security operatives stopped the official vehicle only to find he was not in it although they were later informed that he was in the private car.
“When we arrived at the venue we found a road block and the officers categorically said I was not allowed in the area.”
“I can attend Uhuru’s state functions anywhere in this country. What I cannot attend are Jubilee’s political rallies.”
An angry looking Joho said anyone can attend a public function by leaders. He also added that he was attending the event as a representative of his people whose issues he wanted to raise.
Joho has over the past few months been a fierce critic of President Kenyatta. The move to deny the governor entrance into the venue is hopefully just an attempt to prevent any unnecessary political clash between the two leaders like that of the Buxton footbridge opening event and not just a display of power by the President.
Amidst the controversy, Governor Joho uncharacteristically applauded the reopening of Mtongwe ferry services noting that it will significantly reduce the time spent in commuting between Mombasa Island and Mtongwe inland.
The President is reopening the Mtongwe ferry services after 23 years following its abandoning due to an accident which claimed the lives of at least 250 people.