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Police block Joho from attending SGR train launch

Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho was on Wednesday blocked from attending the launch of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) at Miritini.

His spokesman Richard Chacha told journalists that police barred Mr Joho from entering the station.

The county boss was forced to turn back by the officers led by County Director of Criminal Investigations Washington Muthee.

The governor left his office in Mombasa town and headed to the venue minutes after President Kenyatta arrived.

“He arrived in a blue vehicle accompanied by his official car but when he was blocked, he decided to turn his vehicles around and went back without any protests,” said an officer at the entrance.

“He has come back to the office but he is going to issue a statement,” Mr Chacha said.

Mr Chacha said the governor wanted to attend the launch of the passenger train so that he could question why its cost was inflated by more than Sh100 billion.

Mr Joho had on Monday threatened to stop the launch of the train service for what he called an “exaggeration of the project’s budget”.