The planned lawsuit against Gov. Salim Mvurya, his deputy and the Nation newspaper by Gov Joho carries a lot of legal, ethical and political merit especially the run up to 2017 general elections. It is a powerful statement of willingness to be openly grilled in a court of law. This is what it means to guard against reputational harm.
For far too long , politicians have escaped with making outrageous public remarks against perceived opponents. They have often issued inflammatory remarks and empty rhetoric in a bid to gain popularity. No one gas called them into account.
Joho’s lawsuit against Mvurya therefore affords Mvurya to prove his corruption allegations against Joho in court. The lawsuit sets a limit to dangerous and unguarded politicking. It encourages factual and issue based politicking. Joho is also reminding the mainstream media about the risks involved in publishing inaccurate information.
Mvurya is accountable to the people of Kwale and he has to table what he has done to them. The attempt by himself and his deputy to score cheap political points by invocations to Joho’s name are predictable kicks of a dying horse. Mvurya lacks any moral standing for he has failed the basic loyalty test. He has betrayed those who voted for him just because he was flying ODM flag. Mvurya knows Joho remains Jubilee’s biggest political headache in the coast region and he can only prostitute himself to Jubilee using Joho’s name.
The upcoming elections will not be won by what Jubilee are known to excel at including political deceit and misinformation, distortion of facts, unwarranted character assassination, and personal attacks. It will be won on truthfulness, accountability, policy implemented and prudent management of devolved funds. Mombasa is ready.