Joho should be Cord’s stan­dard to en­sure win in 2017 elec­tions

The Star (Kenya) - - The Big Punch -

There has been talk in Cord to con­sider a pres­i­den­tial can­di­date other than the coali­tion leader, Raila Odinga. Some of the names that have been pro­posed in­clude Wiper’s Kalonzo Musyoka, Ford Kenya’s Moses We­tang’ula and ANC’s Musalia Mu­davadi. Raila, Mu­davadi and Kalonzo have all at some point run for Pres­i­dent, but lost. Re­ports have it that the op­po­si­tion is also plan­ning what they call the su­per al­liance to rope in other key op­po­si­tion lead­ers such as Sen­a­tor Gideon Moi. All these are al­ter­na­tive plans Cord is con­sid­er­ing to en­sure a win in 2017.

But in my opin­ion, ODM deputy party leader and Mombasa Gover­nor Has­san Joho is best fit for the task. The three po­lit­i­cal heavy­weights should back the 40-year-old gover­nor who in the re­cent past, has shown he has ma­tured enough po­lit­i­cally to go head to head with Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta.

The no-non­sense gover­nor is po­lit­i­cally bat­tle-hard­ened and his rise to the helm of Coastal pol­i­tics can­not be ig­nored. He is the boss of one of the cos­mopoli­tan re­gions in the coun­try and has al­ways had the guts to rally res­i­dents against op­pres­sion by the gov­ern­ment.

As a can­di­date, he will ap­peal to the youth, Mus­lims and those who are tired of eth­nic pol­i­tics. He has de­clared his in­ter­est in run­ning for Pres­i­dent in 2022. This shows he knows what he wants.

He has served as an MP for Kisauni, as an as­sis­tant min­is­ter and now gover­nor. He is qual­i­fied to run for the top job and there­fore, Cord should give him that op­por­tu­nity.

Nas­sir Mo­hamed Mombasa county

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