June 27th 2017

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Joho takes pride in D-, says he's an inspiration to Kenyans

"I'll appear before the provincial CID headquarters and I will tell them to do their work. They have sent an officer at the level of Assistant Inspector General to intimidate me but I assure them I won't be intimidated," he said.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comTuesday, 28 Mar 2017 12:49 EAT

Mombasa governor Joho.

Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho has finalised a press conference to state his position regarding allegations that he forged KCSE examination results in order to gain admission to a degree programme. Mr Joho, who is alleged to have attained a mean grade of D- in the 1993 KCSE exams, told journalists that he was proud of the results.

The governor said that, with his current successes as a leading politician in the country, he was an inspiration to many young Kenyans who aspire for greatness despite having limited academic achievements. He said the cases he was facing were part of a campaign by the Jubilee government to hound him out of office in line with President Uhuru Kenyatta's wishes.

The president has twice promised during visits to Mombasa that he would "teach Joho a lesson", statements the governor seized on this morning in a briefing that turned the accusations against him into a political charade. He only briefly addressed the subject of his two school certificates, and on allegations that he had presented a false one to the University of Nairobi, he did not speak much.

"There are many Kenyans who did not do well in school and who would be happy to know that one can succeed in life irrespective of their poor academic performance. There are also many Kenyans who never had an opportunity to sit for examinations because they did not pay registration costs, which in my time was only Sh1,000," the governor said, turning his story into one of grass-to-grace.

He said that he would appear before the police tomorrow at 1030 in accordance with his summons. "I'll appear before the provincial CID headquarters and I will tell them to do their work. They have sent an officer at the level of Assistant Inspector General to intimidate me but I assure them I won't be intimidated," he said.

The governor said he will challenge those who obtained his student files illegally to account for their crimes. He also said that Jubilee government agents had visited all the schools where he learnt to investigate his records. "I am aware they went as far as nursery school, in Tononoka and Tom Mboya. I am ready to face them because I believe I stand by the truth."

He only briefly answered questions from journalists then cut the reporters off, saying, "I am recording a statement tomorrow and I don't want to be said that I prejudiced the police investigations."

On his relationship with the Jubilee government, he said he would "continue to ask the hard questions and tell Kenyans that this country belongs to us. We are the taxpayers." To the police, he said, "We are watching you, some of you have accepted to be used by the Jubilee Party, and I want to tell you that you will be held responsible. It might not be now but the time will come."

He also defended his opposition to the privatisation of the Mombasa Port. "You cannot come here and take the port from here to Naivasha. I take keen interest on why the port is being privatised. Why do you get the Kenya Port to guarantee the loan of the standard gauge railway, why not the Kenya Railways or the Treasury. You want to bankrupt the economy of the coast."

The governor was all praise his party leader Raila Odinga, whom he said had gone through more state repression and was still standing tall as a defender of people's rights.

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