The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has broken its silence over a letter which has been doing rounds on social media claiming that Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho was being sought by Interpol over drug trafficking and trade in narcotics.
DCI issues statement on letter linking Joho to drug trafficking investigations by Interpol
The widely circulated letter names Joho alongside others
While responding to Joho’s lawyers who had inquired to verify the authenticity of the letter bearing Interpol letterhead, DCI confirmed that the letter is fake.
DCI clarified that Interpol, through its legal affairs office had distanced itself from the letter and confirmed that it is fake.
The letter which is signed by John Kariuki for the DCI advised the Mombasa County boss to seek legal redress against the people who were out to malign his name.
The DCI letter dated 13 Feb 2019 read in part that "Since we may not go far in investigating the origin of the forged letter in the social media, please take civil remedies for those spreading the malicious rumours".
Below is the letter.
Joho responds to drug trafficking allegations, goes to court
The Mombasa county boss has instituted legal proceedings against his Nandi counterpart Joshua Sang', MPs Oscar Sudi, Kimani Ichung'wah and Didimus Baraza for linking him to the narcotics trade.
In the legal suit, Joho accuses the four of soiling his reputation, integrity and personality and that they are linked to his future political ambitions.
The suit papers read in part that “The defendants were motivated not only by extreme malice but also by other ulterior motives knowing very well Joho would probably contest future elections and indeed, the highest political leadership in the Republic of Kenya”.
According to Joho, the remarks portrayed him as a criminal, corrupt and a dishonest person and were a projection of anger towards him in a bid to gain political mileage.
Sang, who is a lawyer, confirmed he had received a letter from Joho, asking him to furnish him with evidence.
“We are taking it head on and we will not furnish him with any evidence. He can’t ask people accusing him to provide evidence,” he said.
“Joho must know we speak from facts and we will stop at nothing to save our youths from the harmful businesses. Wait and see how he (Joho) will be shocked,” said Sang.
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