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Kenya: Will ‘Sultan’ Hassan Joho make a comeback after the 2022 elections?

By Jeff Otieno

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Posted on March 24, 2022 13:47

Mombasa’s Governor-elect Ali Hassan Joho arrive at a campaign rally at Uhuru park in Nairobi, Kenya August 5, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
Mombasa’s Governor-elect Ali Hassan Joho arrives at a campaign rally at Uhuru Park in Nairobi, Kenya on August 5, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

After completing two terms as governor of Mombasa, Hassan Joho, popularly known as ‘Sultan’, says he is ready to play in the big league. Will he pull it off the way he did at the local level?

A casual conversation about Mombasa politics is never complete without mentioning Joho. The governor of the coastal town stands out when reference is made to politicians who have mastered the art of staying ahead of the pack in every general election.

With his gift of garb and stylish look, coupled with the power and influence associated with the governor’s office, the bearded politician has managed to carve out his own niche in Kenya’s crowded political field, winning over supporters for himself as well as the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party, where he serves as one of the deputy party leaders.

Following the messy 2007 general election, Joho became the point man for ODM in Mombasa, enabling the party to retain its dominance in the coastal region and party leader Raila Odinga to be among the most popular politicians on the national stage.

Among Raila’s ardent supporters, Joho’s

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