Shahbal endorses Raila in 2022 presidential bid

Mombasa businessman and politician Suleiman Shahbal./COURTESY

Mombasa Businessman and politician Suleiman Shahbal has endorsed ODM leader Raila Odinga’s 2022 presidential bid.

Shahbal said Odinga is the longest detainee in Kenya who suffered fighting for Kenyans.

Shahbal asked Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho, who is also eyeing the seat, to support Raila in 2022 and wait for his turn in 2027.

“We know as a leader you (Raila) have the interests of the Coast people at heart. We have to support Raila and because we believe in him, we want him to support your (Joho’s) bid in 2027,” said Shahbal.

He said the former Prime Minister should prioritize implementation of the Coast region development agenda, including ensuring that residents from each of the six Coastal counties benefit from their resources.

“We need the people of Lamu to benefit from the port, the people of Kwale to enjoy the fruits of Shimoni port. Kwale and Taita Taveta get the benefits of the minerals and Tana River and Kilifi benefit from Galana Kulalu, ” said Shahbal.

He said Coastal people no longer want to cry about historical injustices.

“We need to look forward, we need to look 10 to 20 years ahead. We need sustainable plans for our region,” he said.