Majority Leader in Parliament Aden Duale who has been sued for allegedly defaming the executive director of Center for Human Rights and Democracy John Kennedy Wafula.
BY SAM ALFAN.
The Majority Leader in Parliament Aden Duale has been sued for allegedly defaming the executive director of Center for Human Rights and Democracy John Kennedy Wafula.
Duale is said to have issued a press statement linking Wafula as having information of death of Meshack Yebei who was defense a witness at International Criminal Court (ICC).
The said statement according to the applicant’s lawyer Jacob Okoth is said to have been issued on January 7. 2015 and signed by Duale himself.
The lawyer says, the statement was distributed to all l print and local television stations which has caused his client’s name and character given that he is former Chairman of NGO council of Kenya.
“If indeed Yebei has been eliminated has the desire of Wafula come to pass? If that is the case, it is very clear that Wafula cannot escape answering very nanny questions on this matter. Duale is alleged to have said in his statement.
”How can the prosecution through Wafula got access in its dealings to a defense witness one Yebei? On what grounds are they collaborating with the defense witness” To what extent has the OTP interfered with the defense in this manners? That must be established and I am sure the lawyers for the defense will do that”
Wafula’s lawyer says the words uttered by the majority leader meant that he murdered and caused Yebei to disappear.
Mr Okoth argues that statement by the defendant meant that he his dishonest person who cannot hold position in the NGO council or elsewhere in the public.
The statement by Duale was given wide coverage and receivership in whole republic and globe which the court is being asked to restrain him and offer an apology.
Duale having caused to be printed and broadcast the defamatory words pending the hearing and determination of the civil suit the court should issue injunction against him.
“The applicant stands to suffer irreparable harm and damage to his credit and reputations as well his security if the court doesn’t not intervene” the lawyer says.
Mr Duale has threatened and continues engaging in labeling, defaming and slandering the applicant’s name and which action if not contained puts the plaintiff in precarious position as his personal security is under big threat.
The matter will be placed before duty civil division for orders and directions.