‘INTIMIDATION’: Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho with Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi, Siaya Senator James Orengo and Embakasi East MP Irshad Sumra at ODM headquarters, on Capitol Hill, Nairobi, yesterday.Photo/Collins Kweyu
Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho yesterday fought to keep his guns, with an appeal against the decision to recall them, but Inspector General Joseph Boinnet said the order stands.
“No amount of entreaties will change our position as we are still convinced he is not of suitable temperament at the moment to be entrusted with firearms. He must therefore surrender, as lawfully ordered,” Boinnet said.
Joho yesterday accused the state of “persecution, intimidation and blackmail”.
According to Joho, who is on the warpath with Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery, his appeal to the CS now automatically suspends the revocation notice.
“I will therefore not surrender the firearms until all my options under the law are exhausted,” Joho stated after a lengthy meeting with opposition chief Raila Odinga.
Sources told the Star Raila and his team are planning a major political rally in Tononoka Grounds, Mombasa, in a show of opposition might at the Coast and to stand in solidarity with the Governor.
Nkaissery last week ordered Governor Joho to surrender his three firearms, a rifle .375 serial number G1015273, two pistols serial number CHH 692 and VFR 841, and warned that he faces arrest if he does not comply.
But Joho said he was being punished after he vigorously campaigned for the ODM candidate in the recent Malindi constituency by-election. The opposition won the seat.
Joho says the government is also targeting his businesses, after several containers with contraband sugar were seized by a multi-agency taskforce.
Through his lawyer, Ahmednasir Abdullahi, Joho argues that the move by Chief Firearms Licensing Officer Samuel Kimaru to cancel his licenses was political.
“Kimaru was influenced in making his decision by the by-election result of Malindi, which was won by Cord and in which our client played a prominent role,” the lawyer’s letter reads in part.
Joho said the police did not give him a fair hearing pursuant to Article 47 of the constitution, which provides that “every
person has the right to administrative action that is expeditious, efficient, lawful, reasonable and procedurally fair”.
Yesterday, Raila told Joho to remain firm in his beliefs and commitment to the coalition and fight for the people’s rights.
He also assured the Governor and other Coast leaders of his “personal support against intimidation by the national government”.
Speaking at a press conference at Raila’s Nairobi office and accompanied by several Cord luminaries, Joho vowed to remain committed to the spirit and ideals of his ODM party.
“Neither threats nor promise of quick rewards will make me change my commitment to the ideals of good governance and separation of powers to which ODM is deeply committed,” Joho said.
According to Joho, military personnel, complete with armoured personnel carriers, were present during the by-election and security agencies led by Coast regional coordinator Nelson Marwa blockaded the constituency.
“The Interior Ministry presided over a major scare-mongering campaign. It supervised the blockade of Malindi with military personnel on tankers,” he said.