Mombasa Governor Joho addressing residents of Garissa on Saturday, January 14, 2017. [Photo/Courtesy]
Mombasa Governor Joho addressing residents of Garissa on Saturday, January 14, 2017. [Photo/Courtesy]

Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho received overwhelming reception during his visit of Garissa on Saturday.

The visit came just a day after Governor Joho’s detention on Friday which elicited sharp criticism from Opposition supporters.

Addressing the residents during the homecoming of former Parliament Deputy Speaker Farah Maalim, Governor Joho accused Jubilee government of intimidation noting that he would not relent in speaking out against alleged mismanagement of the country.

“CORD government will not allow this region to be neglected like Jubilee government has done. We are looking to a future where everyone is equal and deserving of proper treatment,” Governor Joho said.

“We will form a more inclusive, responsive and fair government that will unite people from different communities.”

Governor Joho, who was accompanied by CORD co-principal and Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Garissa Governor Nadhif Jama, and Maalim, who is aspiring to unseat National Assembly Majority leader Aden Duale as the area MP, told the residents to register in large numbers during the voter registration exercise that begins on Monday, January 16, 2017.

He told the residents to express their supposed dissatisfaction with Jubilee government and vote for CORD in the August elections.

Governor Joho further urged the Opposition to unite and form one coalition that would ensure they unseat President Uhuru Kenyatta.

On Friday, Joho was detained for hours at the Coast Police Provincial Headquarters after he reportedly stormed the Urban Police Station after one of his allies was arrested.

Joho’s arrest came days after his security detail was withdrawn in what the government has said is the reorganisation of VIP security programme.

The Mombasa governor has claimed that Jubilee government is out to frustrate him over his strong opposition of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto’s government.

In his address at the same function, Kalonzo Musyoka reiterated his earlier statement that he would write to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to put Garissa under watch after Duale was allegedly heard, in a leaked audio clip, urging unknown people to evict people from the Kamba community from the area in the run up to August elections.

Duale’s utterances are said to have been motivated by his rival Maalim’s move to defect from ODM to Wiper, a perceived Kamba-dominated party, thus placing him in a better position to gain from the large population of Kamba people living in Garissa.