Mombasa Governor Hassan Ali Joho has one of the most compelling stories among the throngs of WONDERFUL Kenyan politicians that Kenya is filled with.
The charming and polished Joho looks like the consumate leader when one looks at how he carries himself and the affairs of his county.
But what some might not know is that before his rise to fame and wealth, Joho was born in a situation of poverty that he would pull himself out of with his bootstraps.
One person who had an overwhelming influence on his growth was his late mother. The politician who rarely speaks about his late mom recently spoke about her when he was interviewed by Churchill Ndambuki.
The Mombasa Governor said that he and his late mother were very close and because she was very religious, she wouldn’t even allow him and his siblings to have girlfriends.
“She was a very religious person she wouldn’t allow us to do certain things kwanza hii ya girlfriend boyfriend. My friend if she caught me with a woman today, she would ensure she marries me. Ile utaoa sahii. Ukishikwa sisi as Muslims kuoa ni dakika mbili you bring a Kadhi and you know 10 minutes you are done,” Joho told Churchill.
He also narrated a situation where his mother had caught him in an almost similar situation when he was still a Member of Parliament (MP);
“So she caught me once but because she was my friend I pleaded with her. Mama I plead with you don’t embarrass me tena at that time btw I was an MP. Alinishika mahali hivi hivi nikamwambia mama don’t embarrass me. I promise you this will be the last toka hapa siwezi rudia and she would understand. And later on we’d go home and have a conversation and am glad God allowed me the opportunity to take care of her towards her last days.”
Mr. Joho said that his late mother had struggled raising them after parting ways with the father and she did all she could to give them the best.
“My mother was my best friend. My mother shaped me to be what I am today, she taught me many things about life. She guided me, counselled me and ensured I am that man that understands life and in totality what comes with life.
“To be honest I’ve had many friends, I have best friends now but I have never had a friend that was as close to me as my late mother and was my everything, she struggled for me,” said the Mombasa Governor.
He finished off by saying that his late mom had come from one of the big families in Mombasa, a huge factor in his political career that has seen him rise to be Governor of Mombasa County.