Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho has said inclusion of his name in the EACC list is a continuation of the government’s desperate attempts to get foothold in Mombasa.
The Mombasa Governor however says Pwani is still too smart for Jubilee’s cheap politics of name calling and innuendoes.
Joho dismissed claims that he facilitated the grabbing of Mwembe Tayari market by two prominent Mombasa businessmen as alleged by EACC.
The Report tabled in parliament by President Uhuru has caused a storm in the country’s political circles, with key people named dismissing it as an attempt to destroy reputations of leaders to favour Jubilee regime in their new supposed ‘war on corruption’.
Joho said his intention of demolishing the market was to chase away drug dealers who had turned it into a drug den.
â€œWe demolished this market because it was being used as a drug den and since then nobody has stepped on it.Â How then did I facilitate these people to take it over,â€ he quipped.
The governor, who has been out of the country for almost a week, also said he is shocked to learn of inclusion of his name on the List of Shame.
He dismissed the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) report handed over to President Uhuru Kenyatta, saying it is being used to target the perceived Jubilee opponents. Joho said he is clean and he has never engaged in any corrupt activity, adding that he will not step aside.
â€œThere is nothing like resigning. They have been trying all means to bring me down, but they have failed again. They said I am a drug baron, land grabber and that I possess fake degree certificate.
They failed to achieve what they wanted. Let them leave me alone,â€ he said. Joho, who was accompanied by Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir, asked EACC to dig deeper into the Mwembe Tayari market sale saga before apportioning blame on him.