Joho on the Spot After Death of 4 Mombasa Residents

  • Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho has come under fire after four residents of the Coastal city succumbed to cholera while 80 others undergo treatment at various hospitals.

    Governor Joho has been accused of failing to fulfil his promise to clear the tourist town of garbage in his first 100 days in office, which end on Thursday.

    During his inauguration on August 22, the Governor promised to address the issue of garbage collection that had become ammunition for his political challengers during the campaign season.

    [caption caption="Mounds of garbage in Mombasa CBD"][/caption]

    Residents have continued to blame the rise of cases of cholera and diarrhoea on the poor hygiene standards in the city.

    Governor Joho's administration has, however, switched blame to the national government accusing it of sabotage.

    County Secretary Francis Thoya told reporters that a delay in the disbursement of funds has led to the crisis in the county, assuring residents that the administration is taking action.

    "We have to admit that there is a lot of garbage. But we have undertaken some measures to address the issue," he assured on Wednesday.

    The business community has advised the pro-secessionist Governor to consider outsourcing the garbage collection service to supplement the county department.

    The county has four garbage collection trucks and experienced a fall-out with a contracted firm belonging to an official of the Mombasa Cement Company.

    "I was clearing the garbage as a contractor but differences emerged between the county and I. That’s when we stopped clearing the garbage. Money was a major contributor that led to the fallout. The county refused to pay up," Mr Yogesh Vaja stated.

    [caption caption="Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho"][/caption]