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July 21, 2018

Muslim clerics back Uhuru, DP for growth

KEMNAC senior advisor Sheikh Omar Abdulrazak, chair Sheikh Juma Ngao and advisor Sheikh Amir Zani in  Mombasa on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 / BRIAN OTIENO
KEMNAC senior advisor Sheikh Omar Abdulrazak, chair Sheikh Juma Ngao and advisor Sheikh Amir Zani in Mombasa on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 / BRIAN OTIENO

Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho has lost some of his most trusted lieutenants.

They include Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa and her Jomvu counterpart Badi Twalib who have been warming up to Deputy President William Ruto.

Joho has shown interest in the top seat in 2022, so has the DP.

On Tuesday, Muslim clerics in Mombasa dealt the governor’s State House ambitions a huge blow when they supported those leaning towards Ruto’s camp.

"We support any leader who backs either President Uhuru Kenyatta or Deputy President William Ruto to give us development," Kenya Muslims National Advisory Council said at a Mombasa hotel.

Chairman Sheikh Juma Ngao said for Joho to earn their support, he must first unite all the MPs, governors and ward representatives in the Coast region.

As events unfold, Joho said he should not be underated. “I will surprise many people,” he said during the Eid Baraza on June 17. His aide Mohamed Hatimy told the Star yesterday, the governor was busy working.

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