Governor Joho grilled amid tight security

By KBC Reporters

Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho has expressed confidence that he will be cleared of any wrongdoing in the ongoing investigations over his form four academic papers.

Joho who presented himself before the directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters in Mombasa on Wednesday accused the government of plotting to have him barred from participating in the august 8th general election.

There was heightened security in the coastal town of Mombasa with police mounting roadblocks along some of the busy roads amid fears of chaos.

Mr Joho arrived at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters in Mombasa at 10.45am and spent two hours with the detectives.

He was accompanied by Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi, opposition politicians from Coast region, and a battery of lawyers led by Siaya Senator, James Orengo.

Joho’s supporters had made their way to their governor’s office in a show of solidarity ready to escort him to the Criminal Investigations Office.

While addressing his supporters, Joho said he would not give up in his campaign to put the government in check and to protect the Coast people.

He accused jubilee government of using State agencies to intimidate him.

Meanwhile, debate over the ongoing probe on Joho’s academic certificates continue to elicit varied reactions  with two cabinet secretaries calling for a thorough audit of certificates held by leaders.

Devolution cabinet secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri and his lands counterpart Jacob Kaimenyi says that any person found culpable of forging education certificates should face the law regardless of their status in society.

Speaking during the launch of the policy on devolved system at KICC, the two senior government officers called for though vetting of certificates of those seeking elective positions to restore integrity in leadership.

Government spokesperson Eric Kiraithe weighing in on the debate maintaining  that the government was not targeting the Mombasa governor adding that the scrutiny of papers will be extended to all leaders seeking political office.

And in Nairobi ODM Youths have given the government a five day ultimatum to stop intimidating Joho  or else call for nationwide protests