Even as he leaves rivals and supporters guessing on his political future, the continued absence of former Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar could end up complicating Deputy President William Ruto's political game plan in Mombasa county and coast region at large.
With the DP keen to dethrone ODM leader Raila Odinga from the control of the region going into the next poll, he has failed to get a real political pillar in Mombasa to advance his agenda with some of his new allies going silent.
So, where is Omar, the man who in October 2017 revealed his admiration for the DP when he ditched Wiper Party for Jubilee? Could he be the missing link in Ruto's bid to take over Mombasa from the former Prime Minister?
Though he has never been in politics for so long, Omar has built a name for himself. His brand of politics has earned him a space in Mombasa's politics. And today, he is a heavyweight in his own rights.
With Governor Hassan Joho commanding ODM's dominance in Mombasa and Coast in general, Dr. Ruto may need someone with a political muscle if he is to wrestle the control of the county from Raila. And that man is Hassan Omar.