Moha Jicho Pevu Declares War on Matiang'i

  • Nyali MP Mohammed Ali, popularly known as Moha Jicho Pevu, vowed to fight Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i to the death, during an animated rally held at Magongo Town in the coast on Monday, November 11.

    The vocal leader also declared that the amicable relationship between his county and the Interior CS as well as his counterpart in the Transport ministry, James Macharia and Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho was officially over.

    "Jambo la kwanza nataka kusema hivi, ndoa yetu na nyinyi imefika mwisho (I want to let you know that our 'marriage' is over)," the legislator announced.

    He went on decry the loss of revenue by firms in the logistics industry following the directive that of cargo must be ferried to Nairobi via the Standard Gauge Railway.

    A protester bundled into a police vehicle at Nyali Bridge in Mombasa on October 7, 2019. They were demonstrating over the failure by Kenya Ports Authority to allow trucks to collect cargo.

    The former investigative journalist then issued threats against the three people he claimed were responsible for the dwindling fortunes of the local economy.

    "We will not allow you to kill Mombasa's economy. Before you kill us, we will kill you," he declared.

    Local businessmen and women have been up in arms in the last few months after the government declared that all cargo coming in at the port would only be transported via train - a directive that was temporarily suspended. 

    However, the Nyali legislator claimed that Governor Joho was one of the faces behind what he termed as a foreign-owned SGR.

    "SGR si biashara ya Kenya, ni biashara ya mamluki ambao wameigawanya na mmoja kati yao ni Governor Ali Hassan Joho, (SGR isn't Kenyan, it's a business run by foreigners and governor Ali Hassan Joho is one of them)," Moha alleged.

    A standard-gauge railway cargo train.

    His sentiments echoed an article published by the Daily Nation on September 1, 2019, which claimed that a private logistics company linked to the family of Governor Joho was poised to finally take over a cargo terminal in Nairobi.

    The controversial deal once again put the spotlight on the operations of the multi-billion-shilling Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).

    Here's a short clip of Moha's fiery address: