By Mwakwaya Raymond Mwakwaya
At last Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho will be in the ballot come next general elections. Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission IEBC officially cleared Joho to run for Mombasa gubernatorial seat in the August polls.
Joho’s clearance brings to an end the word of mouth which has been going round that the government would bar him from contesting the top seat in Mombasa due to the validity of his credentials.
Joho who was accompanied by his running mate Dr. William Kingi, Mvita Member of Parliament Abdulswamad Nassir, Jomvu, Changamwe, Kisauni counterparts Badi Twalib, Omar Mwinyi, Rashid Bedzimba respectively was cleared amid cheers and jubilations from his supporters and well-wishers.
Joho was proposed by nominated member of County Assembly Mohammed Hatimy and seconded by former mayor Mohammed Mondhar who was also present.
Others present were women Rep Mishi Mboko, several ODM candidates led by Mohammed Faki who is eying the senatorial seat.
Handing over the certificate the IEBC County Returning officer Nancy Wanjiku advised Joho to conduct his campaigns with utmost decorum.
Addressing his supporters outside Government Training Institute after the clearance, Joho put on notice all civil servants whom he claimed are campaigning for the government saying their days are numbered.
“We are keenly watching at your movements and don’t forget that you are suppose to remain neutral and impartial because you are civil servants” Joho said
“Some of you have turned to be brokers of the government and I want to challenge you to quit your positions and join the political field if at all you think you can do it better” Joho added.
Earlier Wanjiku had handed Nyali Member of Parliament Awiti Bolo poroularly known as Jopo Jopo Vibrant Democratic Party his certificate for the Mombasa gubernatorial contest.
Meanwhile Kenya Patriots Party candidate Danson Mungatana was as well cleared to go for Tana River gubernatorial seat.
Mungatana was cleared alongside his running mate Hassan Bare in Hola on Thursday by the IEBC County Returning officer Mohammed Raka after being proposed by Said Mgeni and seconded by Issa Kofa for the top seat.
Mungatana called on all candidates across the country to upheld human dignity and preach peace as they conduct their campaigns for various seats they are out for.
“Election is a season and we have to maintain peace and order because we still have life to live even after the elections” Mungatana told his supporters who had accompanied him for the clearance.
Other who have so far been cleared for gubernatorial seats across the Region are ODM candidate for Kilifi seat governor Ammason Jefwa Kingi and Gedion Saburi team, Jubilee candidate Gideon Mung’aro and Kenneth Kamto team.
In Kwale County; Governor Salim Muvurya alongside his running mate Fatuma Achani were cleared on a Jubilee ticket while Issa Chipera and Simon Mkalla were given a node to for it on the ODM ticket as Ali Chirau Mwakere and Chigodi making it through the Wipper ticket.
Sammy Ruwa and Issack Mulila team who are taking it head on independently were also cleared for the same seat.
On Friday IEBC in Mombasa is set to receive credentials from other candidates for the gubernatorial seat among them being the Jubilee candidate Suleiman Shahbal and Annania Mwaboza team, United Democratic Party candidate Anthony Chitavi Mkalla and Bakar Mufaume team.
This will be the first time Chitavi to appear in the ballot after having lost in the TNA primaries in the last general elections.
He is said to be conducting his campaign secretly underground hence seen to be enjoying the Mijikenda vote as he is the only one from the community going for the top seat.