By Ben Chumba
The High Court has barred police and the Director of Public Prosecutions from arresting, charging and prosecuting Mombasa governor Hassan Joho over alleged forgery of his academic qualifications pending the hearing and determination of his case.
High Court Judge Justice Erick Ogolla in his ruling certified as urgent the application by Joho arguing it disclosed intention to destroy his governorship.
Inspector General of Police has also been ordered to restore or reinstate police guards assigned to Mombasa governor Hassan Joho by virtue of his position as a duly elected county governor.
Embattled Mombasa governor Joho got a sigh of relief after he successfully obtained orders stopping the police and the Director of Public Prosecutions from charging him on any matter concerning his academic qualifications or on account of any investigations relating to an alleged forgery of a 1992 examination slip in his name.
The respondents have also been restrained from harassing, intimidating and questioning Joho concerning his academic qualifications.
The orders were issued pending hearing and determination of an application by Joho who had moved to court to block the Inspector General of Police, Director of Criminal Investigation, Director of Public Prosecution and the Attorney General from arresting him over forgery claims until his case is heard and determined. The matter has been set for inter-parties hearing on 13th April 2017.
The embattled governor has been accused of forging documents to apply for a Bachelor of Commerce degree course at the University of Nairobi.
He urged the media to verify facts from Serani Secondary School, where he sat his KCSE exam in 1993.
Meanwhile, four suspects have been charged afresh in connection with the loss of 1 billion shillings in the sale of 5,000 acre Malili Ranch.
David Ndolo Ngilai, James Kituku Manguti, Leonard Kyania Kitua and Julius Mbau Nzyuko pleaded not guilty to defraud Malili Ranch Limited by fraudulently causing the property of Malili Ranch Limited to be sold at 1 billion shillings to the government of Kenya’s ministry of Information and Communication without the shareholders resolution.
Trial magistrate Lawrence Mogambi adjourned the matter after the accused through their lawyers requested for more time to read the new charges.
Mogambi released the suspects on a cash bail of 1.5 million each and directed that the hearing be on the 19th -20th June 2017.
In Mombasa a Kenyan woman of German descent was arraigned in court and charged with bigamy.
Mombasa senior resident magistrate Edgar Kagoni heard that on the 7th July 2013 Marlin Coram Pownal a resident of Ukunda, at Kwale Kadhis Court underwent an Islamic marriage ceremony with Salim Juma Hakeem knowing that there was existing Christian marriage between her and Carlo De Pasquale which had not been dissolved.
She was released on a cash bail of 300,000 shillings with the hearing set for 21st May 2017.