Raila Condemns The Blocking Of Hassan Joho From SGR Launch Event
NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga has said the blocking of Hassan Joho from SGR launch, a government function in his county, is totally unacceptable.
Joho was reportedly kept out of the venue by security officials and GSU officers. The governor was seen arguing with GSU officers at the Miritini gate while the ceremony went on at Port Reitz.
According to The Star, county communications director Richard Chacha confirmed the incident and added that the officials were following “orders from above”.
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Raila, who weighed in on the blocking of Hassan Joho from SGR launch said Joho should not miss functions in his own county. Speaking during a briefing in Nairobi on Wednesday, the ODM chieftain said:
“It is very unfortunate that a Kenyan should be barred from attending the project, since its Kenyans who are going to use the railway.”
“Joho is a Governor and this project is being launched at his own county. He should be the one to welcome the President.”
President Kenyatta had on Tuesday told Joho to back off Jubilee projects and focus on his mandate as county boss. He asked the Governor to concentrate on justifying his re-election to residents and not focus on causing a stir.
“The Governor has been criticizing our projects at the Coast. He should focus on completing at least one of his own, such as building dykes or cleaning the city, before he starts looking elsewhere,” said the president.
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The Mombasa Governor had demanded an explanation for an extra Sh100 billion cost for the project and promised to stop the launch if answers were not given. He accused the President of “oiling the wheels of corruption at the expense of service delivery”.
The fiery Governor has previously been barred from a ceremony done by the president. During the Mtongwe ferry services relaunch in March, Joho was surrounded by heavily armed police officers in Nyali bridge amid allegations that Uhuru ordered his arrest.