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Governor Joho found guilty of contempt of court

Mombasa County Governor Hassan Joho is guilty of contempt of court by demolishing property.

This is according to the High Court of Mombasa.

High Court Judge Justice Silas Munyao ordered that the governor appears before him to mitigate before he can sentence him to six months in civil jail.

He also summoned MCA Changamwe Benard Ogutu, who, together with governor Joho, demolished the multi-million property belonging to Mombasa mogul Ashok Doshi.

“Having heard the facts and submission of the matter, the court finds both Governor Hassan Joho and his accomplice MCA Benard Ogutu guilty of disobeying the court orders. I, therefore, direct the two to appear before this court to mitigate before sentencing,” said Justice Munyao.

According to the Judge, the court orders were stopping Governor Joho from trespassing, interfering, and demolishing the multi-million property in Changamwe belonging to Mr. Doshi.

This is after the tycoon filed a suit in court seeking to have the governor arrested and jailed for six months over allegations of contempt of court.

Doshi’s lawyer told the court that on March 6, 2019, Lady Justice Ann Amollo gave orders barring the County Government of Mombasa from interfering with the suit through a consent which he and county government lawyers wrote.

The Mombasa County boss had accused the Mombasa mogul of grabbing land claiming belongs to Changamwe Secondary School and vowed to reposes it back to the institution.

He further revoked a portion that he alleged the former Mombasa Municipal council allocated to Turf Developers Limited, the original owners of the land in question before Doshi acquired it from them.

Doshi also wants Jaffar Mosheh, the County Chief Officer Lands Physical Planning and Housing jailed for taking part in the demolitions.

The governor had a month ago also found himself on the wrong side of the law after the Senate summoned him for running a dysfunctional government, which is a violation of the law.

The senate devolution committee, which was chaired by Laikipia Senator John Kinyua, said Joho’s continued operation without a cabinet was against the law.

“Though the law doesn’t clearly state the time limit for replacement, the governor should have nominated other people and forward the names to the County Assembly for approval.” Said Kinyua.

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