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Joho dares Ruto to face him openly instead of sending his proxies to mudsling him | Press Review

05, Feb 2019

Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho has accused Deputy President William Ruto of sponsoring attacks against him over his alleged involvement in drug trafficking. Yesterday, Joho dared Ruto to face him directly instead of sending his “subjects” to malign his reputation. Ruto allies recently launched attacks against Joho with Nandi Governor Stephen Sang and MPs Oscar Sudi (Kapseret), Kimani Ichung’wa (Kikuyu) and Didmus Barasa (Kimilili MP) linking him to drugs trade. Joho, through his lawyer, has written to the International Police Organisation (Interpol), seeking clarification on reports his name is in the list of wanted drug barons as claimed by his attackers. Client’s interest “It is therefore in our client’s interest, the interests of all residents of the county of Mombasa and the nation as a whole that your office informs us on the authenticity or lack thereof of the statement,” Joho’s letter to Interpol, through his lawyer DBM Mosota, says in part. He was referring to a letter circulating on social media and dated November 10, 2018, purportedly from Interpol. It lists Joho as a fugitive citing ‘statements’ from the ongoing trial of Akasha brothers in the US. Addressing the Press yesterday in Mukuru kwa Njenga, Joho said Kenyans could not agree to be led by a person such as Ruto. “I cannot engage in a war of words with those people because I know they have been sent by their master William Ruto,” said Joho. “I dare you Ruto. Stop sending your sidekicks, come out and face me yourself,” said Joho during a meeting at Mukuru kwa Njenga slums in Nairobi. The governor had accompanied ODM nominee for the Embakasi South parliamentary seat Irshad Sumra to seek clearance from the constituency’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) officers. Joho said he would seek legal redress against the utterances by Ruto allies. In the letter to Interpol, Joho wants to know if he is being sought for charges of organised crimes, including drugs trafficking. This is not the first time Joho has called out Ruto in public - with their attacks against each other widely seen as setting the stage for a 2022 political showdown.