Drug Claims Have Ruined Us, Says Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho

Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho Monday narrated how claims that he is a drug trafficker have affected his siblings and the well-being of his children.

Mr Joho told a Mombasa court that his children have had to change school seven times and his brothers have been stigmatised.

Mr Joho denied any involvement in drug trafficking and sale of guns.

He was testifying in a case where a man has been charged with linking him, his two brothers Abubakar Joho and Farouq Joho and Mombasa tycoon Ali Punjani to cocaine trafficking in Kenya and Tanzania and illegal guns trade in South Sudan, Congo and Chad. n, Congo and Chad.

Mr Fuad Farid is acused of posting the accusations on the governor’s Facebook page, on January 15 at the height of the last General Election campaigns. He is charged with improper use of a licensed communication system namely the Internet where it is alleged that he used abusive and insulting language on Mr Joho and his family by calling them drug barons and firearm dealers, a fact he knew to be false.

He denied the offence and  was released on a Sh100,000 bond.

Mr Fuad Farid is acused of posting the accusations on the governor’s Facebook page, on January 15 at the height of the last General Election campaigns.

He is charged with improper use of a licensed communication system namely the Internet where it is alleged that he used abusive and insulting language on Mr Joho and his family by calling them drug barons and firearm dealers, a fact he knew to be false.

He denied the offence and  was released on a Sh100,000 bond.

“Your honour, it was very unfortunate that someone went that extra mile to hurt me. I have never dealt with drugs and illicit firearms,” he testified.

He added that his children had changed schools seven times because of allegations that he is engaged in drugs trafficking.

“I urge this court to take it seriously. It is a matter of dignity,” Mr Joho told senior resident magistrate Irene Ruguru.

The governor’s elder brother, Mr Abubakar Joho, told the court that the accused and his father pleaded with him for forgiveness and requested him to withdraw the case.

Shortly after Mr Farid was arrested and charged in court, Mr Abubakar narrated how he received a call from then Mombasa Mayor Ahmed Muhdhar that the accused and his father wanted to see him in the civic leader’s office.

“When I arrived in the mayor’s office, his father requested me to forgive his son. When we asked him why he did that to us, he said someone had paid him to tarnish our image. I refused to forgive him because our children are ever fighting with their colleagues because of what has been said about our family. I wanted him to learn a lesson and be example to others,” Abubakar said.

The witness reiterated that their family was not engaged in illicit drug trade as alleged by the suspect and introduced himself to court as a businessman involved in logistics, transport and port operations.

The hearing resumes on July 29.

- Daily Nation

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