The NIS has been circulating hate leaflets in Mombasa with the sole aim of causing voter apathy, Governor Hassan Joho has claimed.
Joho did not provide evidence but said the plan will fail and that the people will send the ruling Jubilee Party home.
“Intelligence wants to spread fear, so that people flee the town, and cause voter apathy. [Coast regional coordinator Nelson] Marwa is here, [President] Uhuru [Kenyatta] and [DP William] Ruto too. I promise you that come August 8, even if you bomb us, we will be at the polling station voting. And we will eject you,” he said.
“Mombasa is a peace-loving county [where] no one will lift a finger to hurt his neighbour.”
He spoke at Mvita grounds on Sunday when ODM nominees converged to drum up support for their bids.
Hate leaflets linked Joho to possible skirmishes ahead of the election on August 8.
One of them read: “Wabara Mchague Sultan na chaguo lake, la sivyo mtahama. Kumbukeni Kaya Bombo (Non-natives, support Sultan and his choices, failure of which you will leave. Remember Kaya Bombo).”
The Governor is referred to as ‘Sultan’ by his supporters and political friends but police have not linked him to the leaflets.
Police are investigating whether his opponents were trying to implicate him but the source of the leaflets remains a mystery.
Three arrests have been made in Likoni but it has not been established whether the suspects were behind the leaflets or if they only distributed them.
Joho, who severely criticises Uhuru and Ruto, asked supporters to preach peace.
He further called for thorough protection of Opposition votes saying this should not be confused with incitement.
“The fact that we have been able to assemble all of you without the presence of police is a pointer that Mombasa is peaceful,” he told the huge crowd.
The leaflets were distributed in Likoni and some parts of Nyali, Kisauni, Changamwe and Jomvu, where non-natives are concentrated.
The NCIC has flagged Mombasa as one of the counties where post-poll violence is highly likely to occur.
But the Governor said the only tribe in his county is the ‘Mombasa tribe’ which will not be divided on religious lines.
Joho’s lieutenants, including Rashid Bedzimba (Kisauni) and Abdulswamad Nassir (Mvita), said Mombasa will never be chaotic.
“Not under our watch. It cannot happen,” Nassir said.