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Hassan Ali Joho
1st Governor of Mombasa County
In office
27 March 2013 – 15 September 2022
Preceded byPosition established
Member of Parliament for Kisauni Constituency
In office
Preceded byAnaniah Mwasambu Mwaboza
Succeeded byRashid Bedzimba
Personal details
Hassan Ali Joho

(1976-02-26) 26 February 1976 (age 47)
Kisauni, Mombasa, Kenya
Political partyODM - Deputy Party Leader affiliated to the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD)
  • Mzee Ali Joho (father)
  • Ummu Kulthum (mother)
Alma materB.A in Business and Human Resource Management from Kampala University and various diplomas in business, shipping, logistics and ICT
PortfolioServed as the Assistant Minister for Transport; as Deputy Chairman of the Foreign, Defence & Election Committee; as Library Committee Member of Transport, Housing & Public Works and the National Organizing Secretary of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Founder and Patron of Hassan Joho Foundation, since 2008

Hassan Ali Joho (Arabic: علي حسن جوهو; born 26 February 1976) is a Kenyan politician and the former Governor of Mombasa County affiliated with the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM). He was also elected to represent the Kisauni Constituency in the National Assembly of Kenya during the 2007 Kenyan parliamentary election.[1] On 4 March 2013, during the general election, Joho was elected as the first governor of Mombasa County.[2] In the 2017 General Elections held on 8 August, Joho retained his seat on an ODM ticket. Despite significant politically engineered setbacks, Joho emerged triumphant by winning with 220 576 votes against his closest rival Suleiman Shahbal with 69 322 votes, Suleiman is a member of the Jubilee Party. Joho served as governor of Mombasa until 2022 when he completed his ten year term paving way for his successor Abdulswammad Sharrif Nassir the former member of the National Assembly for Mvita Constituency.

He is arguably one of the most successful businessmen in Kenya. He boasts some of the biggest real estates in Mombasa.

Political career

Joho joined active politics in the year 2004, and became the Kisauni party chairman for the Liberal Democratic Party between 2006-2007. It was not until 2007 General Election, when he was overwhelmingly elected as the Kisauni parliamentary member through ODM party in 2007. He was elected as Member of Parliament for Kisauni constituency and the Assistant Minister for Transport. On 4 March 2013 he was elected as Governor of Mombasa.[3]

According to The Economist, "He is close to Raila Odinga, Kenya’s main opposition leader, and is said to be financing Mr Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement party."[4] Joho is viewed as the political kingpin of the coastal region of Kenya.[5]

2013 Governor Election

Joho campaigned to be elected as first Governor of Mombasa during the election held on 4 March 2013. He emerged the winner and was sworn in as governor on 27 March.

He won by 132,583 votes, his closest rival Mr Shahbal, was second with 94,905 votes. Shahbal went to court alleging rigging, but his petition was denied.[6] He later went to court to block Joho's swearing in.

Candidate Party Votes
Abdalla Hemed Mwaruwa TNA 17,335
Anderson Chibule Watsuma KADU Asili 2,258
Hassan Ali Joho ODM 132,583
Ibrahim Khamisi Athman RC 10,124
Lawrence Kamau Macharia PDU 1,064
Mutuku Isaac Malila ND 1,368
Suleiman Said Saleh Shahbal WDM K 94,905
Tendai Lewa Mtana IND 9,045
Rejected Vote 2,081
Total Cast Vote 270,763


Joho named his first cabinet which includes;[7]

The Second term in Office saw changes in key cabinet positions while majority of his allies were sidelined for other duties within his government. The Deputy Governor, Hon. William Kingi joined the newly formed administration and his capacity widened to take charge of the Education, ICT & Mombasa Vision 2035 portfolio. Joho's manifesto stipulated the tasks he intends to achieve in his governorship. These include; fishing, tourism, manufacturing, health and sanitation, solid waste management, roads and housing, among others.

The Second term cabinet included:

▪ Maryam Abdillahi - Finance & Economic Planning,

▪ Tawfiq Balala - Transport & Infrastructure

▪ Fawz Rashid - Trade, Tourism & Investment

▪ Hazel Koitaba - Health

▪ Munywoki Kyalo - Youth, Gender & Sports

▪ Dr. Godfrey Nato - Environment, Waste Management & Energy

▪ Fatma Awale - Water & Sanitation

▪ Edward Nyale - Lands, Physical planning & Housing

▪ Hassan Mwamtoa - Agriculture, Livestock & Fisheries

▪ Mtalaki Mwashimba - County Attorney

▪ Joab Tumbo - Chief of Staff

▪ Hon.Rashid Bedzimba - Political Advisor

▪ Binty Omar - Water & Climate change Advisor

▪ Hamisi Mwaguya - Advisor

▪ Dr.Nyangasi Oduwo - Economic Advisor

Hon. Hassan Ali Joho has shown interest and is among the front runners in the upcoming 2022 Presidential elections and will be the first president from the Coastal region of Kenya if elected.


  1. ^ Members Of The 10th Parliament Archived 16 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine. Parliament of Kenya. Accessed 19 June 2008.
  2. ^ Mombasa Governorship Archived 6 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine. Mombasa Country Government. Accessed 1 October 2013
  3. ^ "Meet Joho". Archived from the original on 10 September 2013. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Kenya's dirty war: Suspected jihadists are being killed in droves on Kenya's coast". The Economist. 18 February 2017. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  5. ^ pm, Vincent Kejitan on 28 March 2017-1:51. "Joho Reveals Private Details on His Life". Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  6. ^ Shahbal alleges rigging as he files petition against Joho win. Daily Nation [1]
  7. ^ Joho’s cabinet adopted by the Mombasa County Assembly. acc date 5 June 2013 [2]