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Joho: No evidence in degree case

06 November 2014, 19:07 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho says that there is no evidence to prove that his degree is false but will cooperate with investigations into the matter.

Joho's degree certification will go under the knife again, following a fresh petition against him, the office of the public prosecutions said Wednesday

Joho had been given a clean bill of health last month by the High Court in Mombasa which said that the case against him was null and void, following a court battle that had dragged on for close to 18 months.

But in a new twist Wednesday, following a petition by Silas Otuke, a voter who is questioning the authenticity of Governor Joho's degree, The DPP's office decided to take the case forward.

"DPP Tobiko today ordered fresh investigations into alleged forgery of degree certification by Governor Hassan Joho. This follows a petition by Silas Otuke," the statement said.

Joho though, feels that the case has no chance of bringing anything new on the table and says that despite his knowledge of lack of evidence, he will cooperate with authorities.

" We find absolutely no legal basis of reopening the matter in view of the fact that there have been no new findings or facts known to us that support such a decision," Joho said Thursday.

He added that cooperation will be the name of the game from his side.

" Now that the matter has been communicated to the Director of CID, we have no problem whatsoever and my lawyers and I will fully accord cooperation to the investigators," he added.

Joho also urged calm from the people of Mombasa during the duration of the new case.

" I would like to urge my supporters and the people of Mombasa to be calm and not worry. This will not disrupt my mission and focus for quality service delivery to the residents of Mombasa County. I am positive that I will once again be cleared of these allegations and justice shall prevail," he concluded.

The High Court in Mombasa last month dismissed a petition which was challenging the validity of Joho’s degree certificate, with the three-judge bench ruling that the case was premature because petitioners had not exhausted all other constitutional mechanisms to determine the validity of the degree. The petitioners had argued that Joho’s Kampala University degree which he used to secure clearance to vie for the gubernatorial seat was invalid.

That said, the Kampala International University had said that Joho's degree was valid and despite efforts to prove otherwise both in Kenya and Uganda, it has yet to be proven.

After the Mombasa case was dropped, Joho had urged his enemies to join hands and lift the County instead of fighting losing battles and wasting time.

Joho was elected Mombasa Governor in the March 2013 General Elections via an ODM ticket under the CORD coalition.

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