By Lillian Otieno/Ben Chumba
Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho now wants the hearing of a case challenging the authenticity of his academic qualifications heard after the August 8th general elections.
He argues in his submissions that the case as forwarded by the Director of Public Prosecutions DPP and the threats from the government are a mere ploy to have him step down from office. Joho has termed the case as witch hunt.
Through lawyer James Orengo, Joho says his character has been greatly injured by numerous arrest orders issued by the Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko.
The DPP in his defense however says Joho should allow the law to take its course and desist from speculating the motive for the investigations.
This happened as the High Court on Wednesday declined to issue orders stopping the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission IEBC from clearing Joho to contest the polls as sought by a Nairobi resident Juma Abdalla.
And Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria has again been acquitted of hate speech charges following accusations that he posted inciting comments on Facebook in 2014.
The Court has ruled that the prosecution failed to prove that the Facebook account belonged to Kuria and that he authored the post.
Senior Principal Magistrate Teresiah Nyangena said evidence provided by the prosecution was insufficient.
In 2014 Kuria was charged with incitement, hate speech and causing ethnic contempt after the Law Society of Kenya lodged a complaint with the National Cohesion and Integration Commission over a Facebook post he allegedly posted on May 16th 2014.
Separately, the High Court has issued orders freezing all transactions that may involve transfer of funds or property mentioned in a suit involving four former top Directors of Chase Bank and the companies they supposedly used to fraudulently acquire money from the said bank until 22nd of next month when the suit shall be heard.
In the matter, Chase Bank through lawyer Phillip Murgor Wednesday moved to court under a certificate of urgency against Zafrullah Khan, the former Chairman; Duncan Kabui, former Group Managing Director; Makarios Agumbi, former General Manager Finance and James Mwaura immediate former General Manager Corporate Assets arguing that the four directly benefitted from billions of shillings lost in the bank through payment of bonuses among other things.