Friday August 9, 2019 - Mombasa County Director of Communications, Richard Chacha, has maintained that the Governor, Ali Hassan Joho, is fully in charge of the County, despite being on official duty in the US.

This is after residents of Mombasa raised concerns about the prolonged absence of Joho, saying it was affecting service delivery in the County, especially on security after a gang attacked and injured 15 people.

But Chacha defended his boss, disclosing how the Governor was running the County from the US.

 “The Governor is fully in charge.”

“He has been in the US since about July 16.”

“He is attending a series of meetings that are of great benefits to Mombasa residents.”

“Nothing happens in Mombasa without his knowledge and he has been in constant communication with County Government officials,” Chacha revealed on phone. 

Chacha further highlighted that apart from constant communications, Joho had delegated other key issues to the Deputy Governor, William Kingi.

“It is only on issues that require his physical presence that he has to be represented by Deputy Governor William Kingi while he is away,” Chacha stated.

The director added that together with his adviser on countering violent extremism, Tendai Mtana, Joho was seeking help, including funds and advice, on how best to tackle violent extremism in Mombasa.

“We can’t deal with these attacks unless we address the unemployment issue.”

“The Governor is seeking funds for youth employment too,” he stated.


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