Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho still the Coast Kingpin – Poll
Governor’s popularity aided by recent showdown with the President
A recent opinion poll by TIFA Research Company limited ranked Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho the most popular Coastal leader with 68 per cent, followed by Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala and Mombasa County gubernatorial aspirant Suleiman Shahbal with 9 per cent each.
Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar Sarai who is seeking to unseat Joho has 6 per cent while his opponent Hezron Awitti’s popularity stands at 2 percent. 5 per cent of the coastal people are undecided.
The research results also indicate that Joho is the most preferred gubernatorial candidate with a whopping 68 per cent while Suleiman Shahbal of Jubilee party follows with only 15 per cent. Hassan Omar Sarai has 7 per cent, Awitti 3 per cent while the other contestants hold only one per cent. In the report, 7 per cent are undecided.
Residents ambivalent about Joho’s ‘office arrest’
The March 11 showdown with President Uhuru Kenyatta over the Mtongwe ferry launch could have influenced the survey results, according to TIFA.
71 per cent of local residents were agitated by President Uhuru’s move to bar Joho from attending the ferry launch while only 19 supported the President’s move.
Joho also claimed that he was put under office arrest until the launch was over.
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66 per cent residents support NASA, 23 per cent Jubilee
In the same report, 66 per cent of the local residents support of the National super alliance- NASA while jubilee gathered only 23 per cent of the Coastal support.
On the Senatorial race, 57 per cent of residents are still undecided over who to support though if the incumbent Sarai was to defend his seat, he would clinch 13 per cent of the votes. Jubilee aspirant Abdulsalaam Kassim would get 12 per cent while ODM candidate Mohammed Abbas would clinch 7 per cent.
The report further indicated that if the current Mombasa Women representative Mishi Mboko was to defend her seat, she would get 44 per cent of support. Her opponent who is Mombasa county MCA Asha Hussein Mohammed has only 5 per cent.
The research was conducted between March 16th and 18th this year, with a total of 550 respondents being interviewed.