Joho takes philanthropy campaign online in bid to feed 227,464 vulnerable households in Mombasa

Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho receiving food aid from Gulf African Bank owned by tycoon Suleiman Shahbal. [Photo Suleiman Shahbal]

Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho is the man of the moment following his vigorous efforts in mitigating the pangs of coronavirus pandemic on his constituents.

Joho has over the last few weeks hit the headlines for all the right reasons. 

He is set to host an online campaign donation on Friday starting 6:30 pm (EAT). The campaign will be launched on his official Facebook page in partnership with the Kenya Red Cross, Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), the national government and Kenya National Chamber Of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI).

Besides the event on his Facebook page, a website, has been developed to aid in the collection and tracking of donated funds.

 “Your kind donation will definitely go a long way in helping vulnerable families across the County of Mombasa as a result of the imminent lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Together we can, so let’s all stand up for humanity. If using a credit/debit card to donate, ensure you have it physically with you to be able to have a smooth transaction,” an appeal message on the website reads.

Kenyans of goodwill can also contribute to the campaign via M-Pesa and Airtel Money with paybill number 7141313.

In the last three weeks, he organized a food drive to feed 227,464 vulnerable households in Mombasa a fortnight ago. His efforts were bolstered by Suleiman Shahbal, his once political rival who donated immensely towards the course.

On Thursday, April 16, Shahbal, a billionaire investment banker and CEO of Gulf African Bank donated eight tonnes of food not only for Mombasa residents but also for Lamu, Kilifi, Malindi, Nakuru and Nairobi.

“As promised  @GulfAfricanBank stepped up to support  @HassanAliJoho‘s call for food donations. The bank has donated over 8 tons of food in Lamu, Malindi, Kilifi, Nakuru and Nairobi. Congratulations also to the MD of the Bank  @AAbdulkhalik. Keep up the good job,” he tweeted.