September 25, 2020

Mohammed Ali declares war on Governor Joho

Nyali MP Mohammed Ali on Friday launched a scathing attack on Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho after his August election was upheld by the Mombasa High Court.

Mr Ali, who was attacked by supporters of his rival Said Abdallah Saido at the court premises shortly after the ruling, said he will not be cowed from fighting for the down trodden.

Ali blasted Governor Joho saying that he has been hindering progress in Mombasa and was operating the coastal town like his own personal property.

“You have been trying to fight me and to finish my political career but God has not let that happen.

“Joho is going around claiming he wants to be the next President of Kenya but he will not succeed in doing so,” stated the former KTN ‘Jicho Pevu’ journalist.

Ali further stressed that he cannot be intimidated by the governor and will focus on delivering the promises he made to his constituents before the August 8 General Election.

Justice Lidya Achode said petitioner Daniel Omondi failed to prove his case against the MP, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and its officials.

Justice Achode said there was no evidence that prisons officers guarding his rival intimidated voters or campaigned for him.

Achode further said the petitioner failed to prove that the security officers influenced the counting of votes at polling stations.

“The petitioner should have adduced evidence to show that Ali offered bribes,” she said. “It is not clear that bribery took place.”

Once a close ally of Joho, Ali has turned out to be his harshest critic, accusing him of presiding over a corrupt government.

The court ordered the petitioner, Said Abdalla to pay Sh7 million as costs.

Ali, an independent candidate, beat Abdalla after garnering 26,798 votes against the latter’s 16,473 votes.

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