Sources have revealed that in spite of public display of a blossoming friendship between former political protagonists Joho and Shahbal, behind the scenes, things are different. It is said that advisers and financiers of the Mombasa governor are unhappy about Shahbal’s moves and have cautioned Joho to count them out of whatever political deal he decides to enter with Shahbal. At some point, in one heated meeting, Joho was reportedly forced to defend himself and disown Shahbal, saying his choice of successor is Likoni MP Mishi Mboko.It is said Shahbal is a political project of one Major Idriss, a Joho political adviser who boasts of being an ODM insider. Idriss, it is said, is the one who took Shahbal to ODM leader Raila Odinga. He wants him to succeed Joho as Mombasa governor. Former Mombasa Senator, Hassan Omar, is also preparing the ground to make another attempt for the governor seat on a yet to-be-known William Ruto’s party. He is currently a political adviser in the DP’s office. He has since lost many political allies in Mombasa after he went underground after losing to Joho.