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#Mombasa : Court terminates and concludes all cases filed against Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho.

Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho. PHOTO | Courtesy
Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho. PHOTO | Courtesy

A reprieve for the Mombasa governor Hassan Ali Joho as the high court dismissed all the pending and other cases related to the governor.  Justice Eric Ogola said that the cases did not have enough evidence and there was no way the cases were to proceed.

Justice Eric Ogola concluded all the cases from all state agencies that took the Gonor to the court following the Presidents directives. The state agencies did not have evidence and they were fooling Kenyans on the cases branding the Governor as corrupt.

The judge referred to the President’s use of the Kiswahili word “tutakunyorosha” (we will teach you a lesson) in the wake of the mid-February quarrel between the Head of State and the governor and said investigating agencies thought President Uhuru Kenyatta had given them the cue to descend on Joho.

According to the judge, the various State agencies that descended on Joho and fell “head over heels” investigating almost everything from the governor’s academic certificates, tax and birth records, were malicious. The judge also said one of the investigations attempted to revive a matter that had been settled by the High Court in 2013 when Joho first vied for the governor’s post.

Joho sued the Inspector-General of Police, Director of Criminal Investigations, the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Attorney-General for harassment and intimidation. On March 31, the judge granted Joho orders stopping police and the DPP from arresting, charging and prosecuting him.

Thursday, Ogola said the investigations opened against Joho by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC), Inspector General, Attorney General and DPP stemmed from President Kenyatta’s utterance. He said the investigation of Joho’s alleged forgery of academic papers was a move to cause him election distress on his governorship race that he actually won.

“The petitioner is the governor of Mombasa and his election was challenged on grounds of his academic papers though it is a matter that was determined by another court and now there is an alleged forgery of his KCSE certificate,” said Justice Ogola.

The case conclusion just comes after the former Mombasa senator Omar Hassan petitioned on the just-concluded elections saying that the Governor Ali Hassan Joho did not meet the winning threshold and filed a petition for the votes recount.

The Mombasa governor was also in another case involving land grabbing in Nyali where people associated with him grabbed and dragged him to the matter. The Judge has concluded and dismissed all pending and already filed cases against the governor.


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