Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho says he is ready to work with President Uhuru Kenyatta following the unity deal with National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader Raila Odinga.

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The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) governor who has in the past engaged in public spats with the president said he was ready to engage with the Jubilee administration to serve Mombasa residents.

“Raila is my party leader and he has a made a move which I believe is in the best interest of the country. As a deputy leader in ODM, I side with him; I am willing to engage Jubilee government on development,” said Joho during an interview with The Standard.

The ODM deputy party leader noted that they will ensure all Kenyans benefit from national government projects.

Joho, who made it difficult for Jubilee Party to gain massive support in the coast region, however, said he was opposed to moving some port operations to Naivasha town because it would deny people jobs. 

“The county government of Mombasa wants to get a share of proceeds from the Kenya Ports Authority because of the pressure it exerts on our infrastructure,” said Joho. 

The national government recently gave a directive that inland goods destined for Nairobi and other areas be cleared from the Inland Container Deport in Nairobi.