Joho's case involving academic papers takes sudden twist

The Governor is battling a case involving alleged forgery of academic papers at the Court of Appeal.

In her statement, Justice Wanjiru Karanja said she could not be among the three judges set to hear the appeal since she was Joho’s neighbour.

Earlier, Mr Joho had sued the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Inspector General of Police and the DCI for harassment and threats and had urged the court to bar the three from probing, arresting or prosecuting him over the alleged fake papers.

In October last year, Justice Erick Ogola ruled in his favour, on grounds that the investigations were meant to discredit the governor. He said the investigations were ill-timed.

Appeal

The DPP later appealed Ogola’s decision to shield Joho from investigations if found culpable of forging his academic papers.

However, the hearing of the appeal has been thrown in a limbo following the withdrawal of Karanja. The president of the Court of Appeal is now expected to appoint a third judge to join Judges Alvisram Nassir and Martha Koome for the hearing.

Presidential influence

During his lengthy judgment, Ogola said the probe on Joho’s papers was influenced by President Uhuru Kenyatta’s utterances.

The judge referred to the President’s use of the Swahili word “tutakunyorosha” (we will teach you a lesson) in the wake of the quarrel between the Head of State and the governor and said investigating agencies thought Uhuru had given them the cue to descend on Joho. “The state agencies coming after Joho...seem to be nyorosha-ing (disciplining) him,” Ogola said.

In March last year, detectives at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations said they were almost finalising the probe into how Joho gained entry into the UoN.

The officers were interested in a result slip issued in Joho’s name, claiming he sat for his KCSE at Serani High School in 1992. The school defended him.

Contacted for a comment, the governor through his Communication Director Mr Richard Chacha maintained that the matter now resides with the Judiciary, which he explained that will be expected to appoint a new judge to hear the case. Joho’s lawyer Dennis Ben Mosotah, however, could not be reached for a comment as he failed to pick calls directed to him on Tuesday morning.

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