- President Uhuru Kenyatta speaks for the first time about his altercation with Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho
- Head of State maintains that he will serve all Kenyans and does not need permission to visit any part of the country.
- President Kenyatta lists Infrastructure and launch of Mtongwe ferry as some of the government’s achievements in the Coastal town.
Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho’s arrogance, competition with the President coupled by unnecessary chest thumping were the main reasons why he was blocked from attending President Uhuru Kenyatta’s function in Mombasa a week ago
Speaking for the first time about the incident where the Governor confronted GSU officers who blocked him from attending the Head of State function, President Kenyatta said he did not want unnecessary altercation with the Governor.
“I am the President of Kenya. I have a special national mandate to visit any region in the country so long as the issues at hand are about Kenyans. I don’t need permission to be anywhere,” Uhuru said yesterday during a live interview on Citizen TV.
“He was just chest thumping and putting on unnecessary arrogance,” Uhuru added.
He denied claims by majority of Kenyans that of late he has become an angry President due to his verbal attack on Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho and Turkana Governor Josephat Nanok.
Uhuru said he just expressed himself firmly.
“When I do something as part of my mandate as the President then someone says otherwise, then I am bound to correct that,” Uhuru said.
Uhuru insisted he was the President and carried the mandate to go to any part of the country on public duty without seeking permission from any other leader.
“Not even a governor can stop me from visiting any part of the country. I am the Head of State. I am the President of all Kenyans. That has to be clear,” Uhuru said
President also highlighted some of the achievement of his government since coming to office from the Port of Mombasa and projects in its periphery, the relaunch of the Mtongwe Ferry service that had collapsed for six years to insecurity in Baringo and ongoing infrastructure projects.
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