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Joho blames his woes on strong ties with Raila, ODM

POLITICS
By Patrick Beja | October 27th 2015

Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho has accused the Government of being behind his woes in and outside the courts.

He said his firm support for CORD co-principal Raila Odinga and the ODM party is the reason why the Government is after him.

Mr Joho claimed in Mombasa Monday, that he is the most persecuted governor and the only one to have survived many battles because of his strong defence of the Opposition.

He, however, vowed not cave in to pressure.

"I am probably the only governor who has had most cases in this country. This is because of my strong support for Raila and ODM. I voted for Raila in 2007 and 2013 and I am going to vote for him again in 2017. My shadow and blood is ODM," Joho said.

Joho spoke as he faces fresh trouble after the Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko directed the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to launch fresh investigations over allegations that he allocated Mwembe Tayari market to private individuals.

EACC had earlier this month investigated the allegations and recommended closure of Joho's file for lack of evidence.

Also accused with Joho are businessmen Mohamed Abdulla Zubedi and Abdulhakim Zubedi.

Meanwhile, the governor claimed that there is a plot to weaken the county governments citing the Lands Bills that seeks to reduce the powers of the National Land Commission.

Speaking when he commissioned a 1.1km cabro-tile road at Mkomani village, which was built by the county government at the cost of Sh32 million, Joho said the bill if passed would marginalise counties that have many squatters.

He said despite the few resources the county has, it was building more roads than the Kenya Urban Roads Authority and Kenya Rural Roads Authority.

"We have constructed many roads in the county and those people (his critics) should see these projects for themselves," Joho said.

Joho said although the national government has embarked on big projects in the county, there was need to initiate social programmes that will have immediate impact on the lives of residents.

He pledged to fund businesses for Mkomani women and youths.

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