Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho has donated thousands of face masks to the National Police Service to help in combating the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country.
The masks were handed over to Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai on Wednesday in Mombasa and will be distributed to members of public at roadblocks instead of arresting them when found without one.
During a press briefing with Mutyambai, Joho emphasized on the need for everyone to acquire a mask for their own safety as the coronavirus cases in the country continue to rise.
“We are producing thousands and thousands of masks everyday here in the county of Mombasa. So anytime your officers would need masks you are welcome to receive them from us.
We have agreed that anyone who drives through a roadblock without a mask will be given one…
I appeal to every citizen… wear a mask. Wear a mask or you will be prosecuted. But most importantly understand that the mask is for your own safety.”
The IG thanked Governor Joho for the donation of face masks which he said exceeded the number of police officers in the country, assuring that the masks would also be given to members of public.
On social media, Kenyans didn’t hold back their views; showering Joho with praise for his critically thought out gesture during times when many politicians have chosen to abandon helpless citizens facing harassment for failing to don masks which many can’t afford.
Some felt that the flamboyant governor was finally showing his strong leadership skills which have in the past been heavily questioned.
We have featured some of the top comments below.
Hon. Ali Hassan Joho has donated masks for police to give people instead of arresting them. 001 is out here proving to the world how Being street smart beats only being book smart. Viva Sultan.💪
— BRAVIN YURI (@BravinYuri) April 16, 2020
Governor Joho is an evidence that poor grades doesn’t mean you’ve failed in life.
— ShadyⓂ️🇰🇪 (@Coder_Hub) April 16, 2020
I wish I was in county 001, another prove that books has got nothing to do with leadership, Joho has donated masks to police officers to give it to anyone they arrest without a mask✊🏾✊🏾
— JAHKID🇰🇪 (@jahkid_dan) April 16, 2020
Governor Hassan Ali Joho is doing what the people of Mombasa County elected him to do. Why should he be praised and clapped for when he does what is expected of him? We should instead remind him that more is expected from him by the people of Mombasa. Twende kazi bwana gavana.
— Embakasi Finest 🇰🇪🐐 (@ThisIsMboya) April 16, 2020
Joho is really doing great work in Mombasa. Makes other governors look like fraudsters
— Collins Nyamweya (@Nyamweyacollo) April 16, 2020
While Kisumu Nyong’o planning & closing markets, Oparanya closing morgues, Mike Sonko buying Hennessey, Murkomen waiting to stop reggae at Nakuru rally, President Uhuru awarding 100million to comedians. Joho gave masks to police, instead of arresting, let the provide the masks
— Char-lee Oddie (@CharleeOddie1) April 16, 2020
Joho handling Covid-19 efficiently….. Apewe CS Health 2022???
— Research Consultant (@Rube_Mfalme) April 16, 2020
Mombasa are lucky to have Joho, What a statesman!!! Doing absolutely everything in his power to combat Covid19! Compassion, effeciency, accountabilty he really has shone bright during this pandemic!!
— Mahmud (@MahmudKullane) April 16, 2020
On Tuesday, Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko’s antics once again captured the attention of the international community after the controversial governor announced that he’d be adding small bottles of Hennessy (a type of brandy made in Cognac, France) to his free foodstuff hamper in a bid to combat COVID-19.
The move rattled some players including the manufacturer of the drink as well as the international community who read cheekiness in his act.