The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Muslim Clerics Clear Joho of Drugs Deals

Muslim clerics and Mombasa politicians have once again defended Kisauni MP Hassan Joho against accusations that he is involved in drug trafficking.

Former US ambassador Michael Ranneberger had, in 2010, named Joho, among three other MPs and a Mombasa businessman as being involved in drug trafficking and said they will not step in the US.

The late Internal Security minister George Saitoti had also tabled in Parliament a report in which the four MPs including Joho, Mike Mbuvi (Makadara), William Kabogo (Juja), Haron Mwau (Kilome) and Mombasa businessman Ali Punjani were mentioned as suspected drug barons. They were however absolved by the police after investigations.

Joho is currently in Washington DC where he is representing Kenya in a seminar on development. Joho's allies, Mombasa mayor Ahmed Mohdhar and Mvita parliamentary aspirant Abdulswamad Nassir, said the truth has finally come out. They said the fact that Joho is in the US is proof enough that he was and is not involved in drug trafficking. "Many told me not to associate with him when the report emerged. But God is with his people," said Abdulswamad.

He said Joho had sworn to him by the Quran right after prayers at a mosque in Nairobi's Hurlingham that he is not involved in any drugs trade. "I chose to believe a Muslim who swore by the Holy Quran right after prayers more than the Americans," said Abdulswamad. He said Joho has done a lot to fight drug abuse.

Nominated MP and Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya secretary general Sheikh Mohamed Dor also appeared to defend Joho saying that Abdulswamad had already 'cleaned' him. "My brother, who is very young, Abdulswamad has explained and has cleansed our leader and all of you will take it with heavy hearts," he said.

Abdulswamad said only in Mombasa county have all the MPs been falsely had their names tainted. "Of all those names have been tainted, there is no single one that has been proven to be true," said the foundation chairman adding that the truth doe not sink but will always float. "We must clean our tongues, our hearts and our thoughts. That's the only way we will move forward," he noted. "The relationship between the current MPs is very good," said Sheikh Dor adding that Kisauni MP and Transport assistant minister Hassan Joho bade him goodbye before leaving for the US on official duty.

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