The government, through the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), has began the process of probing Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho’s bank accounts.
KRA penned a letter to the Diamond Trust Bank (DTB) asking the institution to provide Mr Joho's bank statement from 2011 to date.
Responding to the new details on Sunday, the Mombasa Governor expressed his disappointment, noting that the move was a blackmail from the Jubilee Government and that he would not be cowed by its actions.
"Now KRA have written to DTB asking for my statement and I want to tell President Uhuru Kenyatta that I have three accounts; DTB, Barclays and Stanbic. If they want all the money they can take it but I can never relent," reiterated Joho.
The move comes days after President Kenyatta told Joho in Mombasa to behave himself or else he and his government would deal with him.
“Mwambieni asituchezee…sisi tutamnyorosha (Tell him not to joke with us…we will deal with him). Ananifuatia nini…Mimi sio bibi yake…(Why is he following me everywhere. I am not his wife)," President Uhuru stressed during the relaunch of Mtongwe Ferry services.
In March, a freight company associated with the Joho family sought an order to prohibit KRA from demanding or issuing any notice for Sh90 Million in taxes the company allegedly owed it.
According to Portside Freight Terminals it did not owe KRA any money.