There was a big embarrassment in state house yesterday when Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho (to cut the story short just call him Sultan) aboard MV001 nabbed Indian Ocean’s sweetest delicacy – the big tuna – bringing to an end the debate that has been swirling around that he wasted county funds by purchasing deep sea fishing vessels.
In Mombasa County vision 2035 blueprint for making Mombasa a middle-income port and tourism city, Governor Joho envisions the county having a vibrant fish industry that is capable of employing 200,000 Mombasa residents.
MV001 is the first among hundreds of vessels the county is purchasing to revolutionize crude fishing to modern large scale commercial venture.
Local scientists now say the catch – 667 kilos of broadbill fish and 319 kilos of tuna – is enough to feed the people of Mombasa County up to August 8.
The catch is testament to Joho’s pioneering work in deep sea fishing which is set to become the main economic activity of coastal people now that port operations are moving to Naivasha, thanks to President Uhuru’s closed ethnic mentality of seeking to empower only his ethnic group.
Joho is now set to receive the Kenya Nutritionist Association Award for doing more than Jomo Kenyatta, Daniel Moi, Mwai Kibaki and Uhuru combined to bring balanced diet to the long forgotten people of Mombasa.
Reacting to the catch, Jubilee gubernatorial aspirant Suleiman Shabhal phoned Joho late last night to seek an invitation on the dining table. Joho aides told this writer the governor immediately welcomed Shabhal.
“Shabhal has called to tell me that when he saw the big catch, saliva flowed freely. He will join us for the feasting,” Joho is quoted in to have said, as reported by a local Mombasa newspaper.