Joho takes legal action against Mvurya and Deputy
Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho is taking legal action against Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya and his deputy Fatuma Achani .
Through his Advocates MMA Advocates – see copy attached – ; Governor Joho has given a seven-day notice to Governor Mvurya and others to admit liability for the alleged slander and libel against him. Joho also wants an unqualified apology and retraction from Mvurya his Deputy.
The saga emanates from a story published by the Daily Nation on its online portal on 31st January where the two Kwale leaders are quoted as saying that Governor Joho demanded a share of multi-billion mining project in Kwale County which Governor Mvurya resisted leading to their acrimonious fallout.
Governor Joho has strongly rejected allegations of corruption levelled against him by Mvurya and vowed to seek legal redress plus damages.
A source close to the governor said: “The Governor not only condemns these distasteful lies in the strongest possible terms, but has decided to instruct his lawyers to pursue on this matter in court and sue them for defamation of character. The allegations are totally unfounded, completely unnecessary and should be dismissed with contempt.”
Although both are ODM Governors, Joho and Mvurya do not see eye to eye after the latter announced intention to defect from ODM Party into ruling Jubilee Party through which he will seek re-election in the forthcoming general elections.
Joho has waged a fierce anti-Jubilee campaign urging the entire coast region to reject Uhuru Kenyatta and instead vote for ODM’s Raila Odinga who is very popular in the region.
Mvurya attacks on ODM leaders is seen as an attempt at enhancing his stature as Jubilee pointman in the coastal region.