Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho who a section of Jubilee Party leaders recently accused of involvement in drug trade, has been battling similar allegations for about 10 years now.

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He was first linked to the illegal business during his tenure as Kisauni MP in 2010, by then Internal Security and Provincial Administration Minister Prof George Saitoti.

The minister, during a parliamentary sitting, named Joho alongside Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo, and former Assistant Minister Harun Mwau as drug barons who were under investigations by local and international police forces.

Also mentioned in a dossier which was said to have originated from the United States of America Embassy in Kenya was Mombasa tycoon Ali Punjani. 

While tabling the list, Saitoti noted that the report was incomplete and promised to deliver a full report on police investigations after 30 days.

Joho denied the allegations and demanded his name be removed from the interim report since the probe was not over.

The MP said he was ready for investigations, and maintained his innocence against the claims of drug trafficking.

"I am saddened that the Minister (Saitoti) can take this matter lightly and mention names in this House. I don’t need any favours. I don’t need to be assisted. I just want full force of [the] law to be applied even to myself," said Joho as quoted by Standard.

He added: "I don’t even know how these things look like."

When Saitoti took more than 40 days before tabling the complete report, Joho complained bitterly in Parliament, and narrated how the claims were causing agony to his family.

In a National Assembly session in February 2011, an emotional Joho reportedly said that even his little children were being ridiculed over the narcotics trade allegations facing their father.

Reports on Nation, indicate that Joho said, "His 13-year-old daughter was involved in a fight after she was told her father was a drug trafficker."

Saitoti died in June 2012 without ever tabling the final report as he had promised.

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