“Joho’s friend” Khatri sues Marwa for defamation


Mombasa, KENYA: A Mombasa business man who is also a close friend to Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho has sued Coast regional coordinator Nelson Marwa for defamation.

Aharub Ebrahim Khatri, who was arrested on grounds that he is involved in drugs trade and illegal possession of weapons; on Wednesday rendered a suit in Mombasa high court, after Marwa  failed to apologize within  the 24 hours ultimatum demand.

Mr. Khatri claimed that he was being used by Marwa as a sacrificial lamb in a political contest which he was not involved.

“My life has been threatened and I live in constant danger, fear for life and anxiety contributed by Marwa’s utterance and actions,” he said.

It is alleged that on 14th January 2017, Coast Regional Coordinator Mr. Marwa accompanied by several members of the security forces, held a press conference and uttered ultimately defamatory accusations against Mr. Khatri; holding them out as truth against him.

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Mr. Khatri was arrested by police officers on 13th January 2017, at his home in Ganjoni area in Mombasa and interrogated for 12 hours at provincial police headquarters in Mombasa.

His arrest was linked to the detention Governor Joho and other Coast leaders on the same day.

“Police officers asked if I had firearms in my possession, I confirmed that I had three licensed firearms that were kept in safe custody,” he said.

He further added that he took a police officer to his room and handed over the firearms and certificates issued by central firearms bureau; but they still arrested him.

“I was released on the same day but on bond after Mombasa Governor came at provincial police headquarter’s and insisted that I could not be held if there was no clear offence disclosed to me,” read an affidavit filed in court.

The High Court has also directed the Coast regional coordinator not to speak about Khatri’s arrest, whether directly or indirectly, for the next 14 days.

Judge Thande Mugure issued the order on Wednesday pending the hearing and determination of the case, which will be heard on 7th February.