I will not be intimidated, says Governor Joho

By Margaret Kalekye/Collins Anampiu

Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho says he is ready to record a statement on allegations that he forged his Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) result slip.

Joho at the same time made a shocking admission that he attained a mean grade of D minus which he had turned it around into ‘success’.

“I am proud of my D Minus, I have turned it into success, it should be an inspiration to many Kenyans” he said.

Addressing the press on Tuesday in Mombasa, Joho stated he will not be intimidated noting that he has all the answers needed by the detectives.

He again blamed his woes on Jubilee and vowed to keep the government in check.

“By the way, I am aware that they went as far as Tononoka Nursery school, you cannot take away what rightfully belongs to me. My education was a struggle. I am standing for the truth and nothing but the truth” he said.

Joho however said he will not be able to honour summonses by the Mombasa DCI to appear Tuesday due to prior commitments.

The embattled governor confirmed he will avail himself on Wednesday at 10am.

In his twitter handle, Joho on Monday evening confirmed having received a summoning letter from the Deputy Inspector General of Police Pius Macharia based at the regional DCI headquarters in Mombasa.

“I have informed them in writing that due to confirmed prior commitments I will personally honor the summon this Wednesday at 1030HRS” tweeted Joho.

He added “I know I will be vindicated once again and this will never deter me from pursuing the transformation agenda for my people”

He further expressed acceptance to the request seeking him to appear in person to the Mombasa regional Directorate of criminal investigations to record a statement on alleged forgery of his 1992 KCSE certificate.

Joho has termed investigation into his academic credentials as a sequence of vindication and vowed to fight on.

Serani Secondary School principal has defended Joho claiming that Joho was their bonafide student.

But amidst this litany of controversies, a survey by opinion pollster Infotrak Harris Indicate Joho would easily retain his seat if elections were held today.

According to the survey, 62% of the locals say they will still vote for Joho, while only 8% say they will vote for Jubilee party’s Suleiman Shabhal.

Wiper party Gubernatorial aspirant Hassan Omar comes a distant third with 2.6%, Hezron Awiti 1.4% and Anania Mwaboza 1%. 27% of the locals however remain undecided according to the survey.

Women Representative Mishi Mboko led the pack of six women aspirants vying for the position with a 12.6% lead while Changamwe Member of Parliament Omar Mwinyi scooped the highest score for re-election of legislators in the region at 64.2% The survey conducted on a sample of 1, 000 residents that represented the county’s total adult population of 582,409 was spread out across all six sub-counties and 30 wards.

It also showed the Opposition is popular in the region at 48.2%  popularity while Jubilee party’s popularity stands at 22.9%.