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Monday, 16 Jan 2017 18:27 EAT
Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama has hit out at the government for harassing opposition leaders with the latest victim being the Mombasa County Governor Hassan Joho who has been criticizing the government on various projects at the Coast. Addressing the press at his Matungulu home on Sunday, Mr Muthama said the government was trying to implicate Joho with the Mv Al Noor ship was ferrying Heroin worth Sh1.3 billion which was blown up 33 kilometers from the Mombasa Port under the supervision of President Uhuru Kenyatta on August 29, 2014.
The Machakos Senator said that they are aware of meetings taking place to accuse Joho with documents being fabricated to show that the ownership of the ship belonged to him whereas he the real owner of the ship is well known. Mr Muthama added that the government had tried to involve Joho with corruption scandals but failed then tried to raise questions on his academic qualifications but also failed and now they are trying to use drugs scandal.
“We are aware that the government is trying to implicate Governor Joho with a drug scum, they are trying to associate him with the ship that was sunk under supervision of President Uhuru. We know of meetings taking place and documents being fabricated to show that the ship belonged to Joho. They tried to drag him with corruption cases they failed, they tried to question his academic qualifications they failed now they are using a drug scandal to tarnish his name,” he said.
Muthama further lashed out at Jubilee for allocating fewer BVR kits at opposition’s stronghold as a way to rig elections whereby he said Jubilee wants few people to register at CORD areas. “Jubilee is using a strategy to have less people registering in CORD areas, they have issued less BVR kits at our areas. We are analyzing and they are targeting for us to have registered only 25 percent new voters, we are watching and we will not remain silent,” said the Machakos Senator.
Mr Muthama pointed out that the smartcard launch by Jubilee was another way to rig the election whereby he retaliated that the CORD coalition will take serious steps. “The recent smartcard launch by Jubilee is just a way to ascertain the number of votes in case they do not get enough votes, they plan to fill the gaps using these card but we as the CORD coalition we are watching and we will take serious steps,” he added.
The writer is the news editor of the Kenya Free Press