JOHO DENIES ALLEGED DEBT ARISING FROM LEASED CHOPPERS.

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Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho with his lawyer Dennis Mosota.

BY SAM ALFAN.

Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho has dismissed allegations that he owes an aircraft company Sh 2.5 million.

In a response to a suit filed by Business Aircraft Management limited through lawyer Dennis Mosota, Joho denies that the aircraft firm agreed to lease its helicopter AS 350 B3 REG 5Y-NMJ on rotation basis on diverse dates between October 7 and 17, 2016 both dates inclusive and that he agreed to pay the hiring fees raised by the company.

Business Aircraft Management Ltd that operates as Flex Air Charters moved to court last week demanding Sh2,534,768 a from Joho

The firm also claims that the hired chopper accumulated a total of Sh4, 434, 768 but the county boss of Mombasa only managed to pay half the amount.

The plaintiff thereafter raised invoices dated October 14 and 16, 2016 amounting to a total sum of Sh 4,434,768 inclusive if all taxes payable.

Joho has further denied that Business Aircraft chief captain flew and operated the aircraft from Wilson airport down to coast, did the rotational flying and delivered its work pursuant to the agreement.

The governor denies allegations that he refused to pay and/or neglected to pay the said hiring services rendered in part or at all and outstanding sum stood at Sh 2,534,768 owing as at October 26 and the same continues to attract interest and incidental legal costs until payment in full.

He denied existence of any aircraft leasing agreement between the aircraft company and himself or liability for breach.

Flex Air wants Sh2.5 million owed as at October 26, 2016, on account of principal sum plus accrued interest.

Flex Air says the outstanding balance remains unpaid to date, adding that the same continues to attract interest and incidental legal costs.

The firm wants the court to compel the three to pay the outstanding debt, meet the cost of the case, and pay interest.

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