Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho has opened up about the pain of being linked to illegal drugs trade, and blamed it on political rivals seeking to block him from defending his seat. “No one has ever accused me of drug trade or summoned me over the same. These are fabricated lies (by Jubilee leaders) to block me from defending my seat,” Mr Joho told a press conference yesterday. The governor spoke on the back of the extradition of two Akasha brothers and their associates to the US to stand trial for dealing in narcotics, and a tough declaration by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto that the Government would not spare drug barons. Uhuru and Mr Ruto have not named anyone in particular but Joho accused the Government of targeting him in the crackdown. “I won’t be surprised if they link me to this serious crime because they have tried in the past to accuse me of several crimes like graft, militia training and land grabbing,” he said.