Days after Nandi Governor Stephen Sang claimed Jubilee leaders accusing Joho of drug trafficking were compiling evidence against him and would soon hand it to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho has filed a defamation suit against the Jubilee politicians; Nandi Governor Stephen Sang, Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi and Kimani Ichung’wah of Kikuyu for claiming he was a drug peddler.
Following the suit filed by Governor Joho’s lawyers on Tuesday, Mr. Sudi, Mr. Sang and Mr. Ichung’wah are now required to appear at the Milimani Law Courts within 15 days.
“Should you fail to enter an appearance within the time mentioned above, the Plaintiff may proceed with the suit and judgement may be given in your absence,” read the court papers.
“You may appear in this suit by entering an appearance either personally or by duly appointed advocates.”
Sang declared they were ready for a face off with Joho as they defied his 24-hour ultimatum to issue a public apology.
Sang, who is a lawyer, confirmed he had received a letter from Joho, asking him to furnish him with evidence.
“We are taking it head on and we will not furnish him with any evidence. He can’t ask people accusing him to provide evidence,” he said.
He said Joho’s accusers would present evidence to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission and international security agencies for action.
“Joho must know we speak from facts and we will stop at nothing to save our youths from the harmful businesses. Wait and see how he (Joho) will be shocked,” said Sang.
Sang, who spoke at Tachasis Catholic Church in Tinderet, Nandi on Sunday, dismissed Joho’s threats to sue them.
“This is ironical, that Joho can insult the character of the deputy president but does not have the heart to take what we know about him,” said Sang said.
Sudi said: “He (Joho) has written to us and I want to tell him we have assembled our lawyers and we are ready for a court battle.”
The MP said they would use a report tabled in the National Assembly in 2010 by former Internal Security minister the late George Saitoti, which allegedly listed Joho among suspects of drugs trade.
Last year, Joho said he would work with Baringo Senator Gideon Moi to block Ruto from the presidency.
Ruto is yet to respond to the governor.