ODM MPs defend Joho over drug trafficking claims


ODM MPs defend Joho over drug trafficking claims
ODM Minority Whip Junet Mohamed addressing the media on Wednesday, February 6, 2019. PHOTO| CITIZEN DIGITAL

A section of Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leaders have come to the defense of Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho over claims he was a drug peddler.

Led by Minority Whip Junet Mohamed the leaders pointed an accusing finger at Deputy President William Ruto accusing him of being behind the targeted attacks against the Governor Joho, who is also the ODM deputy party leader.

The Orange party leaders say the deputy president is frustrated over his apparent sidelining within government and that he was threatened by Joho’s 2022 presidential bid.

“We wish to inform Kenyans that these new remarks are as a result of President Uhuru Kenyatta denying these people an opportunity to continue going round the country burdening taxpayers as they launch fake and phantom projects… The more these groups are idle the more time they find in their hands to malign other leaders who are busy serving Kenyans,” said Junet in a press address at parliament buildings.

He added: “We have noted a pattern where every time the ‘tanga tanga’ movement lacks an agenda to sell for 2022 they result to personal attacks on leaders they perceive to be threats of whoever is sponsoring them. We reject this kind of politics, it has no place in the current dispensation.”

Junet was accompanied by among other legislators Gladys Wanga, Samuel Atandi, Babu Owino and Caleb Amisi.

Meawhile, Governor Joho has filed a defamation suit against Jubilee politicians; Nandi Governor Stephen Sang, Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi and Kimani Ichung’wah of Kikuyu for linking him to drug trafficking.

Following the suit filed by Governor Joho’s lawyers on Tuesday, Mr. Sudi, Mr. Sang and Mr. Ichung’wah are now required to appear at the Milimani Law Courts within 15 days.

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