- Blogger Cyprian Nyakundi ran a piece alongside Citizen Weekly linking a trio of lawmakers to a KSh 1 billion gold scandal
- According to the publications, Lang’ata MP Phelix Odiwuor alias Jalang’o, Nyaribari Chache’s Zaheer Jihanda, and Senator Allan Chesang of Trans Nzoia almost defrauded a Tunisian
- Dismissing the claims as malice, the lawmakers through their lawyers threatened to file a suit in the event the owners of the publications failed to pull them down and apologise
Nairobi – Lang’ata MP Phelix Odiwuor has served blogger Cyprian Nyakundi and Citizen Weekly publication after linking him and others to a KSh 1 billion gold fraud.
Citizen Weekly known for controversial pieces published a story implicating Jalang’o, Trans Nzoia senator Allan Chesang, and Nyaribari Chache MP Zaheer Jhanda in the supposed billion shilling scandal that would see an unnamed Tunisian defrauded.
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The piece was duplicated on Nyakundi’s blog with the same gist.
Jalang’o and Chesang’ go after Nyakundi
Reacting to the published stories, Jalang’o vowed to seek legal redress to ensure such defamatory pieces are never published in the future.
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He pointed out that the Citizen Weekly and such had the habit of putting up falsified stories with the intent of extorting the subjects under the guise of cleaning their names.
“Rogue media must be dealt with! After the steps I want to take against Citizen Weekly, I don’t think they will ever sit down and write a defamatory story on anyone again, then call to extort you in the name of we will clean your name! I’ll not fall for that nonsense!” Jalang’o said.
The lawmaker would later make good his threat.
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He jointly with Chesang served Nyakundi and the editors at the Citizen Weekly with demand letters seeking to have the pieces pulled down and an apology issued thereafter.
Jalang’o, Chesang’s demands
Lawyer Cliff Oduk was the one pursuing the redress on their behalf.
“We demand you make an immediate public retraction of the defamatory statements made in the aforementioned post, along with an unequivocal apology to be posted on the same platform with equal prominence with equal prominence to the original publication,” partly read the joint demand letter.
The publishers were also demanded to immediately cease and desist from any further publication or dissemination of such defamatory statements, slander, and libel with regard to Chesang’ and Jalang’o’s character and reputation.
Besides the retraction and apology, it was also demanded of them to publish a correction and clarification informing the readership that the statements made were false and without merit.
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Failure to give in to the demands, the lawyer said, the publishers would face justice.
Blogger Nyakundi fights back
However, proving adamant, Nyakundi vowed to defend himself in court.
The blogger suggested that the tweets and publication on his blog were factual and that he was ready to face the trio in court.
“For everything that I post, I am always ready to defend it in court. As I have always done and won,” he said.
Nyakundi said lawyer Donald Kipkorir would represent him in the event the legal suit is instituted as threatened.
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