Mombasa governor Ali Hassan Joho has declared interest in the 2022 Kenyan presidency seat.
The Orange Democratic Movement-ODM deputy party leader said he has enough experience to steer the nation forward.
Speaking on Thursday, January 28, at Kisumu Ndogo in Nyali sub-county while officially handing over title deeds to residents, Governor Joho said he had for long supported former prime minister Raila Odinga and as such it was time for him to reciprocate.
“Nimeunga chama cha ODM Miaka mingi sana. Nimeunga Raila Amollo Odinga miaka mingi sana na mimi natuma ujumbe sahii waelewe. Kama hawajui wajue niko katika kinyang’anyiro cha kupigania Urais kupitia chama cha ODM na yule tuliyemuunga tunawaambia ni wakati wenu kutuunga na tutaenda safari hii mpaka Mwisho….Watajua hawajui”
“I have supported Raila Odinga for long and I want to send a message out for them to understand that I am now in the race to State House using the ODM ticket,” Joho declared.
The Mombasa governor said the Kenyan presidency was not meant for a select few and that it was time for small communities to take over the leadership of the country.
“It is not possible for someone to think the presidency is meant for just a few selected people. Even some of us who come from small tribes have a right to contest because we got the experience and the zeal to lead too,” he said.
He revealed that with God’s help, he will be in the race until the last minute.
Joho’s words come a few days after his co-deputy party leader in ODM and Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya announced that he will also be seeking the Kenyan presidency through the ODM ticket.
This brings the number of leaders who have shown interest in the ODM ticket for the top job to two.
Previously, Oburu Odinga, an elder brother to Raila Odinga hinted that the ex premier would be in 2022 race. However, to date, he is yet to publicly declare whether he would run for the Kenyan top job.
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