NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 29 – Police are not being used to harass troubled Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet has declared.
The police boss says the security apparatus were only keen on ensuring every person observes the law and where necessary, enforce it but did not provide information indicating the governor could have committed any offense.
“Nobody is using the police to harass anybody for that matter,” the IG said.
He made it clear that Joho like any other Kenyan, was not above the law.
“All we do as police is to enforce the law as it is. So if you fall afoul of the law whoever you maybe, then you face the consequences,” he affirmed.
Governor Joho has lately had a strained relationship with security apparatus in what has largely been seen as a move to tame him politically after his fallout with President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Joho is also facing imminent charges if it is established that he forged his Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education to enable him to pursue a degree.
On Monday, Joho admitted he got a D minus in KCSE and was proud of it.
“From right when I was in primary school I supported my family in selling onions. And by the way, I had to wait for a while to raise the fees for admission to Serani Secondary School and when I did, at that young age, I’d leave school and look for work. For those who do not know, I worked as a porter here at the Old Port and I used to be paid Sh80 after loading every truck from those dhows that come from Somalia; carrying either scrap or TVs, whatever the cargo that was imported.”
And it was, for this reason, Joho said, that he bore no shame for having scored a D minus.
“I take pride, really, as a Kenyan to be what I am today. I want to inspire other Kenyans that I can’t go through all I went through to put myself through school, get a D minus then give up and it becomes the end of the road for me. I’ve come from far yes, and I have faith I’ll go far. That is why you hear me all the time saying I have ambitions of being the President of this republic because my God has made it possible for me to be what I am today.”
He even said he was pursuing a Masters degree.
Last year, Joho claimed that his security detail had been withdrawn but police later said it was only scaled down to five.
He was later ordered to surrender his licensed firearms.
This was after police declared that the Mombasa Governor “is no longer fit to be entrusted with a licensed gun.”