Reliable sources within the Kenyan intelligence community have leaked a state plot to manufacture documentation linking Mombasa Governor to the 370kg of heroin that was aboard a vessel that President Uhuru Kenyatta unilaterally ordered to be bombed despite a court order.
Fresh classified information made available to high ranking opposition figures yesterday cited an intricate plan to inplicate Governor Joho as owner of the narcotics worth more than USD11 million that Uhuru ordered bombed and sunk in the high seas under his supervision and in cobtravention of a court order.
Jubilee have increasingly become desperate to politically cut Governor Joho down to size due to his unyielding support for ODM Party Leader Raila Odinga.
However, Mombasa, the sprawling coastal tourist city has emerged as a principal trans-shipment point of illegal drugs. The port city’s geostrategic and economic value to the Republic of Kenya makes it a priority for both Kenyan and United States counter-narcotics bodies. Unfortunately, a decade later, the international drug cartels still ship cocaine through Mombasa besides making mega sales in the Kenyan Coast. American counter-narcotics officials based at its consulate in Kenya accuse a prominent politician, Hassan Ali Joho and his brother Abu Joho of being the drug cartel lords of East Africa. In a rare show of resentment a member of parliament from the port city accused Governor Joho of drug trafficking in a public event attended by the President of Republic of Kenya, H.E Uhuru Kenyatta.
According to the Kenyan sources and elsewhere, The demise in the May of 2000 of the Mombasa drug cartel headed by Ibrahim Akasha, Magdi Barsoum, and Mounir Barsoum, which controlled drug trade routes into the Kenyan Coast and mainland, heralded Abu Joho to a meteoric rise in 2004 after clearing a tone of cocaine into the largest economy in East Africa. Joho, according to the U.S Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) filled the gaps left by the Akasha’s.
Associates Who Travel to Colombia
The US Intelligence traced Swaleh Kandereni, a close business associate of Ali Joho to a Colombia drugs cartel. Swaleh is also a close associate of Harun Mwau, who the DEA listed as a drug lord who directly imported cocaine from Colombia. Mwau had his assets worth USD 750 Million frozen by the US Government, further confirming the drug trafficking charge. Ali Punjani, Swaleh Kandereni, Billy Mahandi and Swaleh Ahmed are the Joho brother’s cocaine and contraband trafficking associates. All 3 were arrested in Mombasa under drug trafficking charges in 2010.
U.S and Israeli Intelligence Services Similar Observations
The Israeli Intelligence is closely watching the activities of two companies, Prima Bins & Pest Control and AMIRAN Kenya Ltd. Prima Bins & Pest Control, an import-export company in charge of waste management and rat- killing, based in Mama Ngina Drive, Mombasa is owned by the Joho Brothers. Mossad and US Intelligence believe the company is used to traffic narcotics, particularly cocaine. U.S. and Israeli officials in Kenya identify Israeli company Amiran Kenya Ltd, owned by Israeli businessman Andy as an actor in the Joho Brothers drug trafficking network in Kenya and East Africa.
Andy is an Israeli national working for the telecoms arm of the Israeli firm AMIRAN. AMIRAN in recent past provided communication equipment to the General Service Unit (GSU) and the Administration Police Service (APS) wings of the Kenya National Police Service (NPS). This could suggest Andy is likely a spy working to infiltrate the drug network on behalf of the intelligence services.
The Joho brothers have become increasingly vocal, particularly the young politician cum Mombasa Governor Ali-Hassan Joho. Joho, according to the U.S intelligence ships narcotics through repackaging of the drugs as Mumias sugar and glucose. Joho’s political power is believed to be behind the challenges faced by Kenya’s Counter-narcotics efforts.
However, the current regime in Nairobi has been consistent in its anti-drugs campaign. Two of Joho Brothers drug ships were bombed in deep sea destroying cocaine worth billions of shillings. The Joho’s have been exposed and they seem shaken by that fact. Their empire is crumbling and the long arm of the law will and must catch up with them, argues a unnamed U.S Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) official. On another note, Senator Mike Sonko’s cartel appear to be benefiting in which a lift among the drug king pins seem to have developed.