News just in indicate that the government has withdrawn security assigned to Mombasa governor Hassan Joho. The communication is reported to come from office of the president’s regional boss commissioner Wilson Marwa
As governor, Hon Joho is entitled to not less than 6 armed police officers- two guarding his residencies (alternating team 24hrs) and two accompanying him.
The governor has had a love-hate relationship with the national government mandarins especially Office of the President’s Coast regional commissioner Wilson Marwa, President Uhuru’s point man.
In February, the government closed down Governor Joho’s family business in the Port of Mombasa in what many saw as a punishment by Uhuru regime for the governor’s refusal to suck up to Statehouse operatives. There was an open alteraction between Joho and President Uhuru during the Likoni title deeds issuance event
Governor Joho led a high powered campaign that saw Jubilee party humiliated in the just concluded Malindi parliamentary by-election. Despite Jubilee having poached the most popular candidate Mr Charo, was still defeated by the weaker Willy Mtego on account of party policies.
The Malindi dual was more of Joho vs Uhuru contest with others including CORD leaders being just part of the cast. Uhuru camped in Mombasa touring Coast region between December 2015 and late January 2016 dishing out goodies, all of which seem to have had little impact on the ground.
Deputy President William Ruto also camped in Malindi with the famous brown envelopes where he joined National Assembly leader and highest ranking muslim in the government Hon Duale , Nairobi senator Mike Sonko and Coast parliamentary group chairman Gideon Mungaro with his band of ODM rebels MPs, but all were defeated in the ballot!.