Besieged Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho has recorded a statement with criminal investigators in Mombasa after being accused of faking his Form Four papers.
Mr Joho arrived at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters at 10.45am and spent two hours with the detectives.
The Kenya National Examinations Council has accused the ODM deputy party leader of forging his Form Four result slip, which he allegedly used to get admission to the University of Nairobi.
After the grilling, Mr Joho walked out of the heavily guarded police headquarters at 12.40pm throwing his supporters into jubilation.
He walked for nearly one kilometre to his office with his supporters, who were blocked from entering the police headquarters, singing his praises.
The supporters’ attempts to play music in his praise on loud speakers outside the police headquarters were thwarted by the hawk-eyed General Service Unit officers.
Mr Joho exuded confidence that he would be cleared in the case that handed his rivals ammunition as they battle to unseat him in the August General Election.
Ringed by his supporters, Mr Joho was upbeat he would also be in the ballot as a gubernatorial candidate in the polls.
He addressed the Press outside his office where he, once again, claimed that President Kenyatta aas behind his woes.
“I want to tell you that what they are doing is to make you think I will not be in the ballot but let me assure you that as long as I am alive, I will be in the ballot in the August polls,” he said.
“It will be in the same vote that ODM leader Raila Odinga will be elected President.”
He dismissed the police interrogation as mere propaganda by the Jubilee government to bar him from defending his seat.
“I want to tell President Kenyatta to use this energy he is using to fight me to serving Kenyans and improve their livelihoods,” he said.
He said he would not give in his campaign to put the government on its toes and fight for rights of Coast people.
“Let the President use all the force but my stand will never change. I fear God only and I know my God is capable and will not let me down. Jubilee leaders will never be gods,” he said.
Lawyers who accompanied him— James Orengo, Amason Kingi and Mohamed Balala— said the county boss had “no case” to answer.
They said the vocal governor, who has been at loggerheads with President Kenyatta over development at the Coast, answered questions over alleged forgery of his papers.
Also present were Senator Agnes Zani, MPs Abdulswamad Nassir (Mvita), Rashid Bedzimba (Kisauni), Omar Mwinyi (Changamwe), Badi Twalib (Jomvu), Suleiman Dori (Msambweni) and Mishi Mboko (Mombasa Woman Rep).