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