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Court bars arrest, prosecution of Governor Joho

Joho accompanied by lawyer James Orengo when he appeared before the DCI on Wednesday/Courtesy of Ali Hassan Joho

MOMBASA, Kenya, Mar 31 – The High Court in Mombasa on Friday issued interim orders stopping the police from arresting and prosecuting Governor Ali Hassan Joho over his alleged forged KCSE results slip.

Judge Eric Ogolla issued the order after an application by Joho who has sued Inspector General of police Joseph Boinnet for harassing him over his certificate.

Lawyers James Orengo and Dennis Mosota sought the orders pending hearing and determination of the petition.

In his petition, Joho had asked the court to stop the police from arresting and prosecuting him on matters concerning his academic qualifications.

Joho fears that if he appears in the dock, the damage would be irreparable.

He also asked the court to stop the police from harassing, questioning or intimidating him.

Joho recorded a statement at the office of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations on Wednesday.

The DCI is likely to charge Joho with forgery of his KCSE certificate he allegedly used to secure admission at the University of Nairobi.

The detectives have almost finalized investigations into how Joho may have used the KCSE result slip, with a mean grade of C+ to get admission to the university.

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The officers are interested in the result slip issued in Joho’s name, claiming he sat for his secondary school examinations at Serani High School in 1992.

Joho has disowned the slip and insisted that he scored a D- when he sat the examination in 1993 at Serani High School.

On Monday, the school defended Joho saying he was a student at the school from February 1990 and left in November 1993, having successfully sat his KCSE exams.

The officers leading the investigation say the report recommending his prosecution will be forwarded the office of Director of Public Prosecutions for directions.


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