IEBC clears Joho to defend Mombasa gubernatorial seat

Mombasa governor Ali Hassan Joho displays his IEBC certificate PHOTO Wyclif Okumu

Mombasa, KENYA: Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho was on Thursday cleared by the election body IEBC do defend his seat in the August 8 elections.

Accompanied by his running mate Willam Kingi, MPs Omar Mwinyi, Rashid Bedzimba and Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir among other leaders, the Governor presented his papers before the returning officer who approved all papers were accurate.

However, before being cleared, commotion erupted between the Governor and the IEBC officials concerning his Secondary School certificate.

This after Joho had produced photocopy of the document instead of the original with the returning officer standing firm the process could not proceeds lest the original paper is tabled.

The Governor finally produced the document before being approved despite some lobby groups last week listing him among leaders claimed to be unfit to vie for elective posts in the August poll.

Addressing his supporters at the GTI Mombasa shortly, Joho expressed optimism of retaining his seat, accusing the state for plotting to bar him from taking part in elections by questioning credibility of his certificates.

”Finally we have emerged winners over them, they used all means trying to stop me from defending my seat only for their efforts to end in vain,” claimed Joho.

Joho faces competitions from Senator Hassan Omar of Wiper Party, Nyali MP Hezron Awiti of Vibrant Democratic Party VDP and Jubilee’s Suleiman Shahbal.