Joho insisted that the matter of the guns should go through the legal process. On Friday last week the Chief Licensing Officer Samuel Kimaru revoked Joho’s firearms certificate and accused him of being unfit to hold firearms, without providing details. But through his lawyer Ahmednassir Abdullahi, Joho has written to Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery appealing the revocation of his firearm licence by Chief Licensing Officer Samuel Kimaru. Joho said that whereas Mr Kimaru has statutory powers under Section 5 (7) of the Firearms Act, he had failed to bring his decisions within the facts in issue and correlate the same to the applicable statutory provisions.
During the press conference, Joho said that after the ODM victory in Malindi, the government suddenly realised he had too many body guards that have to be taken away. He accused the security forces of intimidating voters during the by-election. However, Joho also clarified that he would abide by the law and the Constitution. I was elected legally under the laws of Kenya. I remain truly committed to the rule of law and constitutionalism. We have appealed about the gun issue although the CS has already stated his impartiality, but we leave the law to take its course,” added Joho. But in a quick rejoinder, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet said that the claims of police intimidation were untrue. “Our warning still stands. The order to Governor Joho to surrender the weapons licensed to him still stands and no amount of entreaties will change our position as we are convinced he is not of suitable temperament at the moment to be entrusted with firearms. He must therefore surrender as lawfully ordered,” said Mr Boinett.
Taita-Taveta County MP Joyce Wanjala Lay and Wundanyi MP Thomas Mwaseghu protested at the government’s move saying it had exposed the opposition leaders to harm. “It is a constitutional right for the Coast Opposition leaders to be given maximum security and the government should be prepared for any consequences should anything happens to the affected leaders,” said Ms Lay adding that what the government had done was unconstitutional and infringed on their constitutional rights. The leaders linked Joho, Kingi and Sharrif’s harassment to the recent by-election in Malindi constituency where they led CORD to recapture the parliamentary seat which was held by Mining Cabinet Secretary Dan Kazungu.