Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho has maintained that he is not a drug baron as claimed by a section of Rift Valley leaders allied to Deputy President William Ruto. 

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The second-term governor has now written a letter to the International Police Organisation (Interpol) seeking to clear his name from the alleged list of drug dealers in the country. 

The governor also issued a 24-hour ultimatum to Nandi Governor Arap Sang, MPs Oscar Sudi (Kapseret), Kimani Ich'ungwa (Kikuyu) and Didmus Barasa (Kimilili) to apologise for claiming he is a drug baron. 

The county boss wants the Paris-based body to come clear on the people wanted for being involved in the illegal business as pressure mounts on him. 

Through his lawyer, DBM Mosota, Joho wants the contents of the statement that allegedly came from Interpol last year to be clarified. In December 2010, the governor was among the suspects of drug trafficking in a report released by the late Internal Security CS Prof George Saitoti.

The county boss has since been linked to the business by leaders from different parts of the region despite maintaining that he is innocent. 

“It is, therefore, in our client’s interests, the interests of all residents of the county of Mombasa and the nation as a whole that your office informs us on the authenticity or lack thereof of the statement,” reads part of the alleged letter, seen by Standard.