Wiper democratic Movement Kalonzo Musyoka who has issued a demand notice to sue Nation Media Group over an article published by Business Daily.
BY SAM ALFAN.
Wiper democratic Movement party leader Kalonzo Musyoka has issued a demand notice to sue Nation Media Group over an article published by Business Daily linking him with advance payment of Sh 50 million by Kenya Ports Authority to the National Youth Service.
In demand letter written by her lawyer Kethi Kilonzo, he says that the defamatory words were published in sensational and malicious manner without any regard for their substance.
The said article was published on April 2015 and the alleged advance payment by KAA was made when he was vice president and minister for Home Affairs.
The money was for the construction of an airstrip in his rural home and the writer of the article a tribute the information to auditor general report.
According to the article KAA reached an agreement with the NYS for the construction of the Tselkuru Airstrip in November 2012 , but the parties did not formulate the deal through the signing of an memorandum of understanding has required by law.
Kethi says that his client was not involved in the initiation, implementation or payment for the alleged project.
“My client was not involved in any payments of Sh 50 million that the article alleged was made” she says.
She points out that there is no such airstrip at rural home of the wiper leader as contained in the story that was carried in the front page and running to page four of the business paper.
The lawyer says that his client is held in high esteem in regard to National Leadership in East Africa Community and globally, the-written ought to have counter checked to establish the factual position before hand over the story for publication.
The article was published and distributed with sole intention of falsely and maliciously connecting Kalonzo with an audit report that does not contain information from those alleged to have been involved in the transaction, says the lawyer.
The said defamatory meant that Kalonzo is corrupt and that he abuse his office he held in private gain.
The article in its practical meaning implies that Wiper Leader was involved in irregular use of public funds by making the said payment of Sh 50 million.
Kethi further says that by publishing the article his client has been exposed to public scandal, ridicule, contempt loss of reputation and high standing amongst his colleagues and potential clients.
The lawyer has given NMG fourteen days to publish a suitable, categorical and equally conspicuous apology failure to which she institute legal proceedings against the media house.