Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho on Friday led legislators in the county in attending a state function for the first in nearly two years, as the effects of the handshake continue to be felt.
Joho and Mombasa MPs have been skipping state functions due to differences between the Jubilee government and the Mombasa government. The last state function that Joho attended was the 2016 Jamhuri Day, where his supporters and those of then Nyali MP Hezron Awiti clashed.
Awiti was seen as a darling of the national government and was vying for the county top seat.
On Friday Joho called for a truce and shook hands with county commissioner Evans Achoki in a symbolic gesture during this year’s Madaraka Day celebrations at Tononoka Grounds.
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Joho said he has “only been interested” in Achoki, not any other government officer. “Now we have no choice but to work with the government for peace, tranquility and prosperity,” the governor said.
“There is a lot more we shall achieve by working together.”
Achoki said Joho’s gesture was the mark of a true leader. “Security, a vital ingredient in the prosperity of any region, will only be achieved if leaders and the community work together,” Achoki said.
On Thursday, Joho said the county is looking forward to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s visit to Mombasa.
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