Nandi Governor Stephen Sang has written to Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji seeking for prosecution of his Mombasa counterpart Ali Hassan Joho on drug related charges.
In a letter dated February 28, 2019 Governor Sang wants Haji to exercise his state powers of prosecution against Joho claiming that he is endangering the lives of the young people.
Sang has even hired top lawyers Dantan Omari and Paul Musyimi, noting that the matter at hand was of national interest.
In his demand letter, Sang says that Kenyan youths continue to lose their future and die in their prime due to drug trafficking while the authorities continue to entertain Joho’s theatrics and his associates.
Sang has even tabled 41 grounds of evidence indicating why Joho and his brother Abubakar Joho should be extradited and prosecuted.
Lawyer Omari in the letter notes that they have instructions to request Haji to exercise his powers of prosecution against Joho and charge him with possession of narcotic drugs.
He said that Joho need to be investigated of money laundering, possession and use of proceeds of crime.
“On December 7, 2010, the U.S Embassy in Kenya in a report implicated Joho and his brother Abubakar Joho among dangerous drug traffickers in the country and noted that the two were in charge of a Multi-million dollar drugs trafficking empire,” said Omari.
Sang added that on December 14, 2004 as per the US Embassy Report, Abubakar Joho was the clearing agent and Joho acting as his assistant and business partner for containers that held 1.1 tonne of cocaine in 2004 which were seized in the country having come in vessel docked at Mombasa port.
“The drug cargo entered into Kenya with help of the Joho Brothers as clearing agents and other persons who owned port facilities at the Kilindi port, in Mombasa where the Cargo was seized,” added Omari.
The claims that the cocaine was seized in Malindi, Mombasa (837.5kg) and Nairobi (304Kg) with estimated street value of 80 Million USD and allegedly came from Colombia through Venezuela.
Lawyer Musyimi wants state prosecution based on the tabled evidence.
Musyimi added that Governor Sang believes that it is in public interest and the interest of administration of justice that law enforcement and drugs related to prosecution be strategically targeted at those at the top of supply chain like Joho to save vulnerable youth and the future of Kenya.
“We have express instructions to seek authority from the court to for our client to privately prosecute Ali Hassan Joho and his associates for drug trafficking and money laundering activities,” said Lawyer Musyimi.
Musyimi noted that Governor Sang believes that it is in public interest and the interest of administration of justice that law enforcement and drugs related to prosecution be strategically targeted at those at the top of supply chain like Joho to save vulnerable youth and the future of Kenya.
The team of lawyers lead by Musyimi,have even urged Haji to commence state prosecution based on the tabled evidence where they have listed 41 grounds why Joho should be extradited to United States to face drug trafficking and money laundering charges within 14 days from the day of the letter.
Meanwhile, Joho has sued Sang and three MPs Oscar Sudi, Kimani Ichung’wah and Didmus Barasa — for defamation.
Joho sued the four for allegedly spreading lies that he was a drug trafficker. He said they have maliciously and callously used falsehoods, gossip and slanderous language to maximize hatred against him.
The Mombasa Governor notes that he has never been indicted for a drugs-related offense,the matter is still pending in courts.