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Uhuru set to meet Coast Governors Monday

The six are Hassan Joho of Mombasa, Amason Kingi (Kilifi), Salim Mvurya (Kwale), Granton Samboja (Taita Taveta) Dhado Godana of Tana River and Lamu’s Fahim Twaha/FILE

MOMBASA, Kenya, Nov 16 – President Uhuru Kenyatta is on Monday expected to meet all the six Coast Governors during the official opening of the first-ever Jumuiya ya Kaunti za Pwani (JKP) Agribusiness and Blue Economy Investment Conference in Mombasa.

The six are Hassan Joho of Mombasa, Amason Kingi (Kilifi), Salim Mvurya (Kwale), Granton Samboja (Taita Taveta) Dhado Godana of Tana River and Lamu’s Fahim Twaha.

This is the first time President Kenyatta will be meeting the six governors together since last year’s hotly contested General Election.

Coast has two governors elected on Jubilee ticket – Twaha of Lamu and Mvurya of Kwale.

The four others were elected on NASA ticket, but Samboja of Wiper is seen to be supporting Jubilee.

However, since President Kenyatta and Opposition Chief Raila Odinga shook hands, tension between Coast leaders and the Jubilee Government has gone down.

Last week, Governor Joho, who was a bitter critic of Jubilee administration, was in France with President Kenyatta during the celebrations to mark 100 years since the end of the second World War.

On Friday, Mombasa Agriculture Executive Hassan Mwamtoa confirmed that all six governors will be attending the JKP conference on Monday.

“We expect President Uhuru Kenyatta to officially open the conference and all six governors of the Coast will be in attendance,” said Mwamtoa.

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He said they also expect all Senators from Jumuiya, Members of the National Assembly, MCAs, County Executives, Chief Officers, the business community, donors and investors from various parts of the world will also attend.

He spoke during a press conference at Governor Joho’s office.

The leaders are expected to talk on how to enhance agricultural production, improve access to market related information, stimulate private sector participation in the high growth value chains of agribusiness (horticulture, livestock and fisheries), and the Blue Economy.

During the conference, the governors will also discuss the Jumuiya One Million Acre Project (JOMAP), a proposed integrated project of at least one million acres, suitable and available across the six JKP Counties.

“JOMAP objective is to align partnerships in development of the priority value chains, maximize the six counties’ comparative advantages to catalyse regional economic development,” said Mwamtoa.

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