ODM leader and National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential candidate Raila Odinga, stated on Wednesday (31/05/17) that blocking Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho from attending a government function in his county was unacceptable.
Mr Joho was barred attending President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) launch in Miritini.
According to reports, security officials kept him off the venue and he was seen arguing with GSU officers at the Miritini gate while the ceremony went on at Port Reitz.
Raila said Joho should not miss functions in his own county.
“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 country. He should be the one to welcome the President,” he said.
President Uhuru had on Tuesday told Joho to stop interfering with Jubilee projects and focus on his mandate as the boss of his county.
The President asked him to concentrate on justifying to residents why he should be re-elected come August 8.
“The Governor has been criticising our projects here at the Coast including this SGR project. He should focus on completing at least one of his own like building dykes or cleaning the city before he starts looking elsewhere,” Uhuru said.
“Our aim is to make the lives of Kenyans better and that is why we continue to initiate projects that make this possible. We will also be back to launch electricity from geothermal, which will make energy cheaper in the Coast so that we ease the burden on our people,” he added.
Uhuru urged Kenyans to stand together and remain united in order to make Kenya prosperous.
“We have invested about $600 million at this Mombasa Port in the last two and a half years. That shows that we mean business, we have continued to invest in making it easier for Kenyans to do business,” he added.
The SGR project was built at a cost Sh327 billion with 90 percent financed by China Exim Bank with the Kenyan Government investing the rest.