Hassan Ali Joho
|1st Governor of Mombasa County|
27 March 2013 – 15 September 2022
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Member of Parliament for Kisauni Constituency|
|Preceded by||Ananiah Mwasambu Mwaboza|
|Succeeded by||Rashid Bedzimba|
Hassan Ali Joho
26 February 1976
Kisauni, Mombasa, Kenya
|Political party||ODM - Deputy Party Leader affiliated to the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD)|
|Alma mater||B.A in Business and Human Resource Management from Kampala University and various diplomas in business, shipping, logistics and ICT|
|Portfolio||Served 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. On 4 March 2013, during the general election, Joho was elected as the first governor of Mombasa County. 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.
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.
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." Joho is viewed as the political kingpin of the coastal region of Kenya.
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. He later went to court to block Joho's swearing in.
|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|
|Total Cast Vote||270,763|
Joho named his first cabinet which includes;
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.