I don't feel safe: Why Joho thinks Uhuru Kenyatta is after him

Uhuru and Joho during a past event       Photo:Courtesy

Mombasa Governor Hassan Ali Joho yesterday continued his attacks on President Uhuru Kenyatta.

First, Joho said the President was threatening his life and called for a 'global interrogation' of Uhuru's recent utterances.

Then he wrote to Treasury seeking clarification on the Sh40 billion the President said had been allocated to Mombasa County in the last four financial years. Joho maintains the county only received Sh17 billion.

According to the governor's tabulation his administration received Sh4.2 billion in 2013/2014 fiscal year, Sh4.6 billion in 2014/2015, Sh5.2 billion in 2015/2016 and Sh6.7 billion this financial year. He wants the Government to disburse the Sh23 billion balance.

Jubilee Party leaders in Mombasa defended Uhuru, while Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi and his Taita Taveta counterpart John Mruttu questioned the President's conduct.

Kingi said Uhuru's threat was a warning to governors he has differed with and other critics.

When launching the ferry at Mtongwe on Monday, Uhuru accused Joho of following him wherever he goes and attacking him to appear like a hero.

"They should stop following me. I am not his wife. He should come here and explain what he has done for this country," Uhuru said. "Joho should not play with us, if he plays with us we will teach him a lesson."

Joho said the President's warning was chilling and "a direct threat to me" which was growing concern over his safety.

The governor argued that Uhuru's warning cannot be taken lightly, coming from an African head of State.

"The President said he will deal with me. This means anything can happen to me. It is a direct threat and it is not easy to handle a direct threat from a head of state," said Joho.

The governor said although he is concerned by the President's utterance, he will neither change his routine nor stop speaking his mind.

On Monday, armed police and presidential guards were deployed to major intersections to search vehicles causing a major traffic jam. The officers stopped Joho from driving to his office and barricaded his home in Nyali.

Police later drove Joho to his office and surrounded it ensuring the governor did not cross the Likoni channel to attend the President's function.