Protect me from the government , Joho to court

Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho. PHOTO: FILE

Mombasa,KENYA:Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho has claimed that the national government is using state machinery to rule him out of the gubernatorial polls in August.

Through his lawyer senator James Orengo, Joho says he is unable to perform his mandate effectively due to what he terms as  ‘constant court cases’.

He told the Mombasa high court that despite court order to reinstate his security, the government has not yet obeyed.

His lawyer now wants the court’s intervention, saying Joho’s tribulations arose after President Uhuru Kenyatta’s utterances during Mtongwe ferry re-launch that he will deal with him.

However, deputy public prosecutor Alexandar Muteti dissmed the allegations that government is witch hunting the governor saying he was only seeking political sympathy.

Mr. Muteti further said Joho did not have any evidence to show that the government is fighting him.

‘Why has the Governor not said anything about the alleged forged 1992 KCSE result slip, which is the main case we are dealing with?’ posed Muteti.

Last month , the governor  moved to court seeking orders to bar the  inspector of police, the director of public prosecution and the director of criminal investigation from investigating, arresting and charging him over the alleged forged document.

Orengo now wants the court to bar the  DCIO, Kenya Revenue Authority KRA, and Ethics and Anti -corruption commission EACC from investigating the governor  until after August polls.

Court will rule on 26th April 2017 whether investigation, arrest and prosecution of the governor will continue despite his team seeking court intervention.