Sunday, February 26, 2017

How Raila Was Involved In Organizing Hassan Joho US Trip Inorder To Shed Off The ‘Drug Baron’ Tag

Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho was a man under siege after reports were revived of his role in the deadly drug trade.

The Standard newspaper picked a 2010 American Embassy report- implicating the Mombasa Governor, Kiambu Governor William Kabogo, Senator Mike Mbuvi Sonko, former Assistant Minister Harun Mwau, former Kamukunji MP Simon Mbugua and Othaya MP Mary Wambui as being involved in the lucrative yet illegal drug business.

In the publication ‘investigative piece’ headlined ‘Drug barons exposed: Why Uhuru and Raila allies are not sleeping easy’ lacked anything new but was widely seen as a ploy to punish Joho for criticizing President Uhuru Kenyatta and his administration. Joho's supporters accused the Standard editors of being paid to run the story.

This followed the arrest of the Akasha’s brothers and their associates in a covert operation by US Drug Enforcement Agents (DEA). Uhuru and his deputy went on to suggest-though not implicitly-that Joho would not be spared either. These sentiments were shared by Coast Regional Coordinator Nelson Marwa who has on more than one occasion equated Joho to a drug baron.

Disturbed by the serious allegations facing his deputy and chief financier, ODM leader Raila Odinga and his top advisers came up with a masterstroke to arrest the damaging accusations.

Raila reportedly told Joho that the only way to navigate out of his current predicament was to face his accusers head on if Kenyans were to believe his side of the story.

For starters, no wanted drug baron would dare dream of stepping in US soil and that’s exactly what Joho did.

Joho invited the Federal Bureau Investigations (FBI) attached in Nairobi to investigate him and his family. He provided his bank details and names of companies where he is the director. The FBI found him innocent and that’s how he was permitted to travel to the US.

In a commentary appearing on the Standard by US based scholar Makau Mutua there was no way Joho would be allowed in the US if he was linked to drugs.

“There’s no way the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Immigration and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and numerous other intelligence and law enforcement agencies would’ve let a known drug peddler in. Nor would the US Embassy in Nairobi have issued him a visa.” Part of the article by Mutua reads.

The reception accorded to the Mombasa Governor was not that of a drug lord but of a very important person. He met Deputy Assistant Secretary Secretary, Bureau African affairs, Eric P. Whitacker, among other key officials in Donald Trump’s administration.


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