Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho picked his running mate on Thursday (25/05/17) for the gubernatorial race in the August 8 General Election.
Mr Joho settled on Dr William Kingi, a Senior Lecturer at the Technical University of Mombasa.
“I am pleased to state that after consulting stakeholders and the people of Mombasa, I have settled on Dr William Kingi as my running mate. I picked Dr Kingi because he is a person who can stand and fight for the rights of the people,” indicated Joho.
“Mombasa needs leaders who are committed to providing for their people and not traitors. The county does not need a leader who does not know why he is going for leadership but it requires someone who will stand up to defend the people,” he added.
The Mombasa Governor added that he would continue challenging the national government in order to ensure the coastal people get what they need in terms of development.
“I have brought on board someone who will be able to put to task (President) Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto when they want to mess with our people,” he explained.
In his acceptance speech, Dr Kingi noted he was ready to take the task of a deputy governor after August 8.
“The belief we have in devolution will make us achieve and realise [Mombasa’s] Vision 2035. I am humbled by this move by the governor and I want to assure him that from today we are going to work closely in serving the people of Mombasa and bringing them development,” said Dr Kingi.
Joho unveiled Dr Kingi in a ceremony at Forodhani Restaurant in Mombasa’s Old Town.
ODM leader and National Super Alliance Presidential candidate Raila Odinga had in March praised Joho saying he was among the most lively representatives of the party and the entire opposition block in the coastal region.
He added that Joho had proved that he was a die hard supporter of the party and the party would support him to retain his seat come August.