A Mombasa court of Friday sentenced Governor Ali Hassan Joho to 60 days in Shimo La Tewa prisons or pay a heavy fine of Ksh250,000 for contempt of court.
The ODM governor had been charged alongside Changamwe MCA, Bernard Ogutu.
The Mombasa court issued an arrest warrant for the two, ordering them to be taken to the Shimo La Tewa prison unless they provide proof of payment of the bail.
While delivering the verdict, Justice Munyao Sila, stated that breaking the law is not heroic and urged leaders to set a good example.
“Kenyans love peace and would like to live in a country where leaders lead from the front in respecting the rule of law,” said Justice Sila.
“We want to live in a country that respects the rule of law and obeys a court order,” he added.
Justice Munyao slapped Joho with a harsh penalty as he showed no remorse at all when he appeared in court.
“There is not much remorse in Mr. Hassan Joho’s mitigation statement, his apparent lack of remorse is very perturbing to this court,” Justice Sila said.
The court also held Joho accountable for the losses the businessman who launched the complaint underwent due to his actions.
At the same time, Changamwe MCA was fined Ksh.20,000, or 14 days in jail.
He had shown remorse and appeared to have learned from his mistakes, according to the court.