President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday, January 6, summoned Mombasa politicians Suleiman Shahbal and Anania Mwaboza in an attempt to put an end to their rivalry in the Mombasa Governor race.
The two who are fiercely fighting for the Jubilee Party ticket at the coastal county in the gubernatorial race, met the President at State House.
The two confirmed that indeed they were at State House to meet with Uhuru who has been at the Coast since before Christmas.
“I am in State House. Will call you later,” Shahbal said as quoted by a local daily. So did former MP Mwaboza who said he could not talk because he was with the President.
It is believed, Uhuru, who has shown discontent in the manner in which the party is conducted its business in the area, rebuked the two.
The president had reportedly refused to meet the duo until they settled their differences. Word has it that Kaya elders will most likely endorse Mwaboza for the JP ticket.
Pundits reckon that Uhuru is keen on handling the matter diplomatically so as not to lose either of the politicians as he seeks votes in an area perceived to be an Opposition stronghold.
The two are are important for Jubilee in Mombasa and more importantly for the President’s support at the Coast. The city voted overwhelmingly for Raila Odinga in the last election.
According to a report by the Star, Uhuru’s political right hand man – Joshua Kutuny – had been tasked with bringing together the two politicians who boast loyal lieutenants.
Kutuny met both Shahbal and Fareed Swaleh who is the area JP deputy organising secretary. The latter is a close ally of Mwaboza.
This past Wednesday, on January 4th, Swaleh and Ali Mwatsahu, two of Mwaboza’s main allies, called for an agreement after a meeting at Nyali International Beach Hotel.
It is also worth noting that Shahbal’s team won most of the interim positions in December’s chaotic Jubilee Party primaries held at the Kenya School of Government.