Mombasa politics have been hotting up of late, especially in the race for governorship where three formidable candidates are working overtime to oust incumbent Governor Hassan Joho.
One of the hopefuls is Nyali MP Hezron Awiti who is slowly changing the political landscape in the county that is largely seen as Governor Joho’s for the taking.
The contest has once again elicited sharp differences within the Luo Council of Elders.
Two factions of the Luo elders on Saturday, July 8 traded barbs over who to endorse between the two candidates.
One of the camps is led by the Luo Council of Elders chairman, James Obara, who said the community is behind Joho of the Orange Democatic Movement (ODM).
His statement was immediately contradicted by another faction led by founding council members Joseph Obuya and Jack Obado, who said the community is fully behind Vibrant Democratic Party’s Awiti.
Apart from the two politician’s, other contestants in the race are Jubilee Party’s Suleiman Shahbal who is said to be giving the incumbent a run for his money, and Wiper’s Senator Hassan Omar.
“We are fully behind Joho. Those opposed to our endorsement will be swept by the wind,” Obara said.