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Governor demands release of crucial information on drugs in Joho's defamation case

Jubilee governor wants crucial details made public

Jubilee Governor

Nandi Governor Stephen Sang has written to Interpol requesting information on a drug consignment that was destroyed in Mombasa in 2014.

Sang told the international security agency that the information would help him file a response to a defamation lawsuit by Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho.

The letter read in part: “On or about 29th August 2014, the State under the supervision of the President, various Cabinet Secretaries, the Inspector General of Police blew up a luxury hatch referred to as Amin Darya or MV Alnoor that had been laden with 370.8 kilograms of heroin valued at Ksh.1.3 billion, this was a bold move to declare war against drugs trafficking.” 

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Names of drug lords

The letter was addressed to Cabinet Secretaries Fred Matiang’i (Interior) Raychelle Omamo (Defense), and I.G Joseph Boinnet.

Sang through his lawyer, Dunstan Omari copied the letter to Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti, International Central Bureau (Interpol), Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), Office of the President of the Republic of Kenya as well as the Registrar of the Kenyan Judiciary.

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Lawsuit

Joho sued Sang alongside Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi, Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wa and Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa of malice who linked him to the illicit drugs trade.

The Mombasa Governor argued that the claims by the three were deliberate and calculated to inflict maximum damage on his personal image.

He further argued that, as a leader and mentor of youths, he was held in high esteem and was respected by the residents of Mombasa, his followers, peers and colleagues in the Council of Governors before the words were published.

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Joho is also seeking an order compelling the four to make a full and unqualified apology, which should be given the widest possible circulation and publication in at least two of the country’s leading newspapers.

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