By Phil Wesonga
Just days after historic meeting in Mombasa, the ODM Deputy Party Leader and Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho has managed to pull a major diplomatic coup (on the same day Party Leader Raila Odinga met with regional Indian envoy) by convincing the British Ambassador Christian Turner to persuade Her Majesty Govt to lift travel advisory for coastal region whose tourism based economies have been brought to its knees.
Governor Joho has left both President Uhuru and his Deputy William Ruto scratching their heads and wondering why they wasted time looking East for tourists and even launching an stillborn domestic tourism program instead of partnering with Western development partners.
EU diplomatic sources talking on condition of anonymity stressed their preference on dealing directly with counties and work on producing home made solutions to local problems. The source further added that devolved government system had forced them to review their dealings individual counties for effective co-operation and mutual benefits.
Here is Governor Joho’s celebratory post he made on his Facebook page
Following several consultative meetings with the British High Commissioner to Kenya H.E Dr. Christian Turner, we are finally there, the travel advisory on Mombasa and Kilifi counties has been lifted.
I would like thank the British Government and the National Government for being true partners during the entire process that led to this successful outcome.