Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar has whipped up his feuding with Governor Hassan Ali Joho.
The Wiper Democratic Movement secretary-general slammed ODM leader Raila Odinga for honoring Mr Joho invitation to distribute bursaries in Mombasa.
The legislator said Mr Raila was not supposed to grace the event where Sh101 million was shared to 10,000 needy students because the governor wanted to use him for his campaigns.
According to him:
” If Raila told (President) Uhuru Kenyatta not to come here and distribute title deeds, then Joho has no right to invite him to give bursaries each of Sh6,000.”
He said the chiefs were supposed to share the bursary cheques and not the politicians.
Mr Omar said the Coast has to table its own political fate to ensure it achieves its own goals and interests and not the interest of the politicians.
“We need to see how we can organise (ourselves) so that we associate with other political parties to achieve our vision. If we do not do this we will be manipulated and then complain we are marginalized. I am in Wiper and every day, the Akamba are organising. In ODM the Luo are organising. Everybody is plotting here in Mombasa and we are the only ones who are not. Coast cannot keep using the same strategy,” he charged.
The lawmaker who reportedly rocked the opposition from within made the statement on Sunday, a day after Raila and several CORD leaders including Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama (Wiper) explored Kilifi.
Hassan Omar also ditched two events which were organized by CORD leaders in Kilifi. The lawmaker has been at dagger drawn with Joho and Nyali MP Hezron Awiti Bolo, who plan to unseat Joho.
In a function organised by lobby groups and hosted by Jubilee politicians Mohamed Thenge and Ali Mwatsahu, Omar said opposition party has done nothing remarkable for the region.
The legislator who wants to replace Joho, told the audience at the event hosted to break the Muslim fast (Iftar) that Mombasa locals can not boast of one thing they benefited from ODM’s control of Mombasa County.
He claims that Joho has been misappropriating the county’s fund. Disclosing that he’ll seek support from all voters, including Jubilee supporters. He declared that Joho will never rule Kenya as a president and will be chasing an empty dream if he contests.
“There are those who are boasting that they are indispensable within certain political parties but I want to ask you from ODM if anyone has benefited from this (county) government. Those expecting Joho to run for the presidency in 2022 and win were hallucinating. You need a certain vision to be president.”
Hassan Omar has led a relentless campaign against Joho’s administration, including when the governor was reeling under alleged persecution by the State early this year.
Joho on the other hand has given the Senator’s “rantings” a deaf ear. He is currently in Mecca and has looked away from political fights especially during the holy month of Ramadhan.
Through his spokesmen however, the county chief has always expressed that Omar was too temperamental and wants to win through insults since he does not have what it takes to rule the county.
Mr Thenge, who vied for the Mvita parliamentary seat on The National Alliance (TNA) ticket, said he was convinced that Omar would be Mombasa’s next governor.