Why Joho could face a jail term for disobeying court orders

Mombasa governor Ali Hassan Joho may be committed to 6 months in jail for contempt of court.

The Mombasa high court judge justice Silas Munyao in his ruling ordered Joho to appear before him for mitigation before he is sentenced.

Joho is guilty of contempt of court in a case pitting the county government of Mombasa vs Doshi.

He Joho disobeyed a court order issued on 6 March 2019 by justice Ann Omollo.

The court order stopped the county government of Mombasa from interfering, trespassing and demolishing a multi-million shilling property belonging to Doshi, before a case before the court is heard and determined on the land ownership row.

“Having heard the facts and submissions of the matter, I find both Governor Hassan Joho and MCA Bernard Ogutu guilty of disobeying the court orders. I hereby direct the two to appear before this court to mitigate before sentencing,” said Munyao.

The county government has been in contention of a piece of land that Joho accused Doshi of grabbing.

The said land is claimed to belong to Changamwe Secondary School. He had promised to repossess it back to the school.

The governor had revoked allotment letter claiming that the former municipal council of Mombasa had allocated the land to Turf Developers Limited, who were the original owners, who finally sold it to Doshi.

The tycoon had also sort the same judgment be extended the county chief officer lands and physical planning and housing affairs Jaffar Moshe.