PEOPLE, POWER & PUNCH: Joho’s Case.

Inset: Mombasa Governor Hassan Ali Joho

Controversial and flamboyant Mombasa Governor Hassan Ali Joho, irked by the continuous public accusations against him by a number of MPs who linked him to illicit drugs trade has filed papers in court against them. The governor, who made good of his threat to sue Nandi MP Stephen Sang, Kikuyu MP Kiman Ichung’wa, Kimilili MP Didmus Basara and Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi filed his case arguing that the MPs were out for malice and damage to his reputation. The MPs have been vocal in connecting the embattled Governor with the drug trade and asked him to come out in the open and clear his name.  It’s just recently that Interpol reportedly asked the president for Joho to question him regarding the links to Akashas, who were kingpins in the drug business. Joho claims that the damning accusation has been ill advised and made in bad faith to humiliate and embarrass him before his constituents. As such, through the case filed in court, he wants it to award him general, aggravated and exemplary damages for slander and injunction, besides having the four vocal MPs compelled to make full and unqualified apologies through publication on the leading dailies. He heavily links the MPs with the DP, Ruto with who he has been with at loggerheads for a long period of time at the county and national level on political matters.

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