Nairobi Senator Mike Mbuvi Sonko who has sued Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero and the Star Newspaper for allegedly making defamatory statements against him in which he linked him with drug peddling at Milimani law courts.
BY SAM ALFAN.
Nairobi Senator Mike Mbuvi Sonko has finally sued Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero and the Star Newspaper for allegedly making defamatory statements against him depicting him as a drug peddler.
The defamation suit has been filed at Milimani court and will be placed before civil division court for directions tomorrow.
Prior to the filing of the suit, the senator had given governor Kidero seven days to tender apology over statements he made at public gathering in June 22.2015.
Sonko says that the governor has engaged in smear campaign against him by issuing defamatory statements, which are considered to be scandalous and malicious.
The governor was quoted saying that the senator is a drug peddler who is using his ambulances and hearses to supply drugs to the slums, which allegation have continued to disparage his reputation and has caused him to be shunned by friends.
Sonko runs a rescue team operating under name “Sonko Rescue Team” meant to assist the needy in the society and manage disaster in times of crisis, saying that associating him with crime is unethical.
The allegations by the governor have a far reaching detrimental effect on the senator, who is a public officer,
The senator through his lawyer Danson Mungatana, says that his charitable organization has started incurring huge loses as some of contracts for provision of services to the poor have been cancelled.
The lawyer will be asking the court to issue injunction the governor to desist from making similar utterances against the senator
The governor is said to have uttered the defamatory statements while addressing a public gathering in Mathare area Nairobi County on June 22 and same was published in the Star newspaper.
The article was carried with headline ” Kidero says Sonko is a drug peddler”.