Inspector General of police Joseph Boinnet has said that the directive issued to Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho yesterday still holds sway even though the governor has been wrestling to retain his guns – a scramble already turning into a wrestling match.
The governor chose to cross swords after this order and headed to file an appeal against the order to surrender his guns. But the Inspector General Joseph Boinnet noted that nothing can change the position of the government, not even numerous humble plea or petition from the government.
The Inspector revealed that the authority’s stance remains valid as government don’t find the governor’s sensitivity or temperament fitting at the time to be entrusted with serious weapons like firearms.
He must therefore surrender, as lawfully ordered.
Governor Joho accused the state of “persecution, intimidation and blackmail” yesterday. The governor said the legal action which he has taken through the CS automatically delays and shut out the revocation notice from being effective for now.
I will therefore not surrender the firearms until all my options under the law are exhausted.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery, ordered Governor Joho to turn in his three firearms, including two pistols serial number CHH 692 and VFR 841, as well as a rifle .375 with serial number G1015273.
Joho revealed that the police acted contrary to the Article 47 of the constitution, which provides that “every person has the legal right to administrative action that is expeditious, efficient, lawful, reasonable and procedurally fair.”
Nkaissery cautioned him to obey the directive or be ready to spend time in custody. Joho however resisted this order and accused the government of carrying out punitive actions against him for working too hard during ODM campaigns in Malindi that won the party’s candidate the Malindi constituency seat in the by-election.
Joho also lambasted the government for making his businesses a target. This is after the authority got hold of some containers with contraband sugar, belonging to Joho.
Joho says Chief Firearms Licensing Officer Samuel Kimaru’s bid to revoke his gun licence was for political reasons.
His lawyer, Ahmednasir Abdullahi wrote that::
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.”
Cord leader Raila Odinga met with Hassan Joho and other leaders in the coast where he urged them to stay dedicated to the party and focus on defending the right of the people.
Pledging his unfaltering and firm support to the coalition, Raila asked the Mombasa Governor and other leaders present to remain calm and fearless, promising not to sideline himself or abandon them even with the growing intimidation by the ruling party.
It is reported that Raila and his team seem to be plotting to have a major political rally in Tononoka Grounds, Mombasa. And it is to be done to strengthen the hold that the opposition has in the Coast and to show joint support for the Governor.