Amid mounting pressure to name his next in line, outgoing Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho named Mvita Member of Parliament Abdulswamand Nassir as his preferred successor.
Joho endorsed Abdulswamand during the 9th annual Governors Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Mombasa county assembly grounds on Saturday, December 18.
“Nitakuja hapa kuunga mkono ndugu zangu wengine tuwapeleke mbele….. nawaambia hapa leo kwamba Abdulswamand Nassir atakuwa gavana my friends… safari ndio hii na mwelekeo tumeweka ni nyinyi kuufwata,”Joho stated.
(I will join you here to support my brother so that we move forward. I want to tell you here today that Abdulswamand Nassir will be the next governor of Mombasa.. the race is on and this is the way forward)
Joho’s sentiments came at a time when there was growing uncertainty and anxiety in the ODM party which prompted Likoni MP Mishi Mboko and her Jomvu counterpart Badi Twalib to push Joho to declare his support for Nassir.
Mombasa Senator Mohamed Faki, MPs Mboko (Likoni) and Badi Twalib (Jomvu) also made remarks in agreement with Nassir’s ability to succeed Joho.
“We know that Joho’s term is ending and as he moves to national politics, We have one of our own. He is a humble person and has been tried and tested and is equally approachable. We must have one person we know well who will continue with what Governor Joho has accomplished and that person is Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir,”Likoni MP said.