Police to obtain warrant to search Joho’s home

By Kennedy Epalat/Margaret Kalekye

A security team in Mombasa is expected to move to court to obtain a warrant to enable it conduct a search in the home of Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho.

This is after the embattled Governor failed to meet the Saturday midnight ultimatum by the government within which, he was required to surrender all firearms in his possession.

Mombasa County Police Commander Francis Wanjohi told KBC that Joho is in the country contrary to media reports that he is out of the country.

Wanjohi said the Governor could be holed up in his house. He however absolved the Governor from blame over his failure to surrender his guns by Saturday midnight as directed, saying he may have reasons, which he will explain.

The police had formally written to Joho ordering him to surrender his licensed firearms with immediate effect.

In a letter dated March 10, Firearms Chief Licensing Officer Samuel Kimaru said that the Mombasa Governor was no longer fit to be entrusted with a licensed gun.

Following the revocation of the Firearm Certificate, Kimaru clarified that Joho is now illegally in possession of a rifle and two pistols and must surrender them personally to him or to the County Police Commander.

Joho on Friday said he will not surrender his firearm, saying he legally acquired it 20 years ago and that the government cannot repossess it without a valid reason.

He insisted the move is in bad faith and is politically motivated. Joho links his latest woes to specifically the recently concluded Malindi by-election where the ODM candidate emerged victorious.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery has threatened to take unspecified action against Joho if he failed to meet the deadline.

The County Police boss confirmed that Joho’s brother Abubakar, surrendered his firearm last Friday.

The governor’s security detail has also been downsized.


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