THE STAR NEWSPAPER
May 29, 2015
Mombasa county assembly on Wednesday passed a motion to have all business premises and county offices display Governor Hassan Joho’s portrait.The motion was sponsored by Mjambere ward MCA Khamis Mwabashiri and seconded by Hamis Mwidani (Mtongwe). Deputy speaker Rashid Mswabaha chaired the session.Out of the 14 MCAs present, only Jabess Oduor (Kongowea) and Fadhili Makarani (Port Reitz) opposed.Majority leader Abdallah Kasagamba said the motion is meant to encourage unity and patriotism among the people of Mombasa.
“We thought of it as a symbol of unity and patriotism in the county,” Kasagamba told the Star on the phone yesterday.He said they do not anticipate any legal issues or friction with the national government over the motion.Lawyer Yusuf Abubakar said to display the portrait of the governor is not supported by the constitution.“It is unnecessary, a burden to the businesspeople and will only cause conflict with the national government,” Abubakar said.Kasagamba said this will make the residents respect the office of the governor as an institution and not as an individual.Speaker Thadius Rajwayi said he was away when the motion was passed.He said a bill must be prepared if the motion is to become law.Rajwayi said such motions or bills should be anchored on institutions and not individuals.“I am yet to read the content of the motion but from what I get the guy was trying to say the office of the governor and not the governor should be represented,” Rajwayi told the Star on the phone