Hassan Joho, who was speaking after the ODM party candidate Omar Boga was cleared by IEBC to vie for the position, hit out at Ruto terming him a coward.
The Mombasa governor Ali Hasan Joho on Friday, October 16 dared the Deputy President William Samoei Ruto to step foot in the county as Msambweni by-election campaigns are underway.
The vocal Mombasa governor who declared that the ODM party officials would defend the position left behind by Suleiman Dori after his death challenged the DP Ruto to take his hustlers campaign in Mombasa if he’s man enough.
The seat fell vacant in March after the late Dori died while undergoing treatment in Aga khan hospital, Mombasa County.
The Mombasa County boss went on ahead to tell the DP to stop sending his allies while he is running other errands at the comfort of his Karen home in Nairobi.
“I won’t allow anyone to even imagine that they can come and play with us in our region, be it William Ruto or his people. In fact, he is such a coward! He’s so afraid to visit the constituency and all he can do is send his people,” Joho declared.
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“If you’re man enough, don’t play Msambweni politics in Nairobi at Karen while sending and posting pictures! Come here and let’s meet man to man,” he added.
Suna East Junet Mohammed also castigated DP Ruto and his allies saying that the Jubilee party had already declared that no candidate would be fronted for the election.
“Of late, the country has no Deputy President and so Ruto should not lie to Msambweni people that he is the DP. He is neither in government nor in opposition,” Mohammed said.
Yesterday IEBC cleared Ruto’s preferred Independent candidate Feisal Abdallah Bader, for the Msambweni parliamentary by-election.
At least 11 candidates are expected to be cleared by IEBC to contest for the parliamentary seat with four independent candidates, while seven are from various political parties.