CORD Seeks Help Over Joho 'Harassment'

  • The CORD coalition has now moved to sue the government over continued harassment and intimidation of Coast leaders.

    Led by its lawyer, Siaya Senator James Orengo, the coalition filed submissions at the Malindi Law Courts seeking orders to bar the police from issuing summons to Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho and other Opposition leaders.

    CORD's legal team was accompanied to a packed courtroom by the coalition's Chiefs Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and area leaders who have severally accused the government of intimidation.

    Justice Chitembe granted the request issuing orders protecting members of the Coalition from State prosecution.

    Earlier on, Joho had indicated that he would move to sue the state after he was blocked from accessing Malindi police station to record a statement concerning a robbery with violence case.

    “I'm moving to court later today to sue the state over intimidation and harassment,” he declared.

    Joho has been at logger heads with the central government in a succession of events that have been interpreted as a move to punish him over his political stand.

    The governor had his bodyguards withdrawn after he led the coalition in a spirited campaign to reclaim the Malindi constituency seat, during the mini-poll held on March 7.

    This was followed by an order to return his three guns before police instructed him to record a statement at the Malindi police station regarding a robbery with violence case.

    In a twist of events, Joho was on Wednesday evening asked to keep away from the police station due to terror threats facing the region.

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