- There was a lock-down whichled to a massive traffic snarl-up especially on Nyali Bridge as the police, with sniffer dogs, stopped vehicles for a search, apparently looking for the governor.
Joho had earlier managed to slip through the GSU barricade at his residence. Speaking later to journalists, he revealed how he managed to get into town in a private vehicle which was eventually impounded at the bridge.
“I was in a private car belonging to a relative but could not go far due to an unusual traffic snarl up occasioned by police checks. They (police) managed to even stop my official vehicle but only found the driver as I had used alternative means,” he said.
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At the bridge a standoff and war of words ensued between Joho and Mombasa Urban Directorate of Criminal Investigation Offficer (DCIO), Jacob Kanake, who led the team of officers manning the bridge, when governor was barred from moving into town.
“Do not threaten me officer. Do not threaten me with death because everybody is born once and dies once,” Joho who was accompanied by his chief of staff Idriss Abdulrahman said as tempers flared amid pushing and shoving.
Joho, Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir and Kisauni legislator Rashid Bedzimba engaged in a bitter exchange with Kanake and his officers.
Youths gathered at the scene and began shouting “stop harassing our governor!”
Joho and the MPs slipped into a private vehicle. Moments later, he entered the city on a motorcycle and addressed journalists in his office which was also surrounded by armed policemen.
Addressing journalists, Joho said he was not trying to impose himself on Uhuru’s function, but felt he was duty-bound to attend the Mtongwe function to represent the people of Mombasa as their governor.
He said he also needed to be at the function to respond to “falsehoods and lies” he alleged the president peddled against him and his administration during the Tononoka rally.
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“The reason they did not want us to attend was because they felt we could get an opportunity to respond to the falsehoods and lies,” he said.
Joho cited an assertion by Uhuru on Saturday that the his administration had received Sh40 billion from the national government since 2013.
“This is not true because we have received about Sh17 billion since 2013,” he said, adding that the money was not a favour or gift “but in line with a constitutional obligation.”
Joho also argued that besides “setting the record straight” on the cash disbursements from the national government he had an obligation to listen to what the State had to say about ferries, which he said, was a devolved function.
He said his government had rebuilt roads leading to the Mtongwe ferry service.
Joho also claimed Uhuru feared he would raise the question of why squatters were asked to pay for settlement on the Waitiki Farm in Likoni last year after the State bought the land from its owner.
Separately, several youths were arrested in Likoni and within town as crowds gathered after reports of Joho’s troubles spread.
The name of Coast Regional Commissioner Nelson Marwa came up in the incident, with Mvita legislator Abdulswamad Nassir claiming that the administrator had threatened him on Sunday night accusing ODM of planning to disrupt Uhuru’s function at Mtongwe.