By Samedi wa Makambo
In less than two days after the “mock” crowning of Mombasa Governor, “Sultan” Ali Hassan Joho as the Political Leader and Spokesperson of Muslims, during the Pwani BBI Rally at the Mama Ngina Waterfront in Mombasa, a section of the Muslim faithful have come out to denounce the Sultan as their figure head. They have instead opted to recognize the leader of Majority Aden Duale as their Ultimate leader.
Many who spoke to our Uji Moto correspondent say they were unaware if such a ceremony ever existed and what parameters were used to come up with Joho as the leader.
The crowning ceremony came as a surprise to many present and it had the hands and dealings of Wajir Women Rep Fatuma Gedi. This did not go well with Muslims across Kenya.
“Our sister is over excited with this BBI thing and being on the podium during the rallies has gotten into her head. There is NO Muslim national leader and spokesperson. Joho is but only Mombasa governor. And I can’t remember Muslim leadership coming together to anoint one Hassan joho as their leader and spokesperson”. Noted Abdiraham Nurow a Muslim scholar from Nairobi.
The issue of Joho crowned as the Muslim leader was publicized by Fatuma who through her Twitter handle said, ” As muslim leaders, we have crowned the Mombasa Governor H.E Ali Hassan Joho as the political National Muslim leader and spokesperson. Joho’s leadership, determination and courage has earned him the coveted seat”.
Mohra Sheikh Ali a Staunch Muslim questioned Joho’s credibility in leading the Muslim faithfuls. In a series of Photos and lines he posed,… “The type of leader she is telling us”… “Is this Joho or someone else. Nonsense. Organize, mobilize, zombie” …. “Tell us of someone else. Joho is incompetent and irresponsible fella”.
“That needs a general consultation first Ma’am.. On what ground was he crowned as the national Muslim political leader? Hon Aden Duwale has done more than any other politician when it comes to matters of religion. From madrasa fund drives, sponsorship etc” Mohamednur Dadow reacted. To add to this, Abdulaziz Ogle a member of the WDM Party observed that, “Our Sister @Hon_FatumaGedi must be relevant after 2022 election since she won’t be reelected in any political office she must be the face of BBI those who will form Government must appoint her for women slot. Anointing Joho as Muslim leader is the joke of the century” … “Kkk that is the jokes of the year, since Aden bare duale is alive that is the only Muslim leader that we recognize in Kenya hope ya joho is for ODM. as northern Kenya we have duale and that is the only man we give that position” Abdilatiff Kosar from Wajir asserted.
In his opinion, Bashir Maalim from Malindi observed, “Hassan Ali Joho can not be the political Muslim leader. We have never seen him address muslims issues in coast leave alone other parts of kenya. He is a sycophant of Raila Odinga and you too can join him . our leader is Hon Aden Duale”
However, Sultan Joho also got some followers who came to his defense and observed that he is so far the most visible and active Muslim leader in the Political front. His ODM Party which is currently running the BBI Campaigns has banked so much on him thus those pushing for him to be the Muslim leader are using these avenues.
Abdirizak Muhamud from Mombasa remarked that, “True 100% @HassanAliJoho has what it take to lead not only Muslims community & entire Nation kudos!” From Mandera, Ishmail Bilal affirmed that, “We will officially crown him (Joho) at Garissa on 9th February”.
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