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CS Matiang’i Plans To Sue Blogger Robert Alai

Blogger Robert Alai (left and Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i

In a demand letter through his lawyer Donald B Kipkorir, Interior CS Fred Matiang’i has threatened to sue blogger Robert Alai over libel.

The KTM Advocates letter states that Alai, through his writer Francis Muli wrote articles meant to “disparage the minister in his public office and life”.

On 13th March 2020, Kawahatungu.com, a blog associated with blogger Robert Alai published that CS Matiang’i has an interest in a quarry in Bobasi that has ‘rained havoc and misery on residents in the area’.

Matiang’i said Alai’s publication meant that he owns a quarry that violates established regulatory approvals, that he caused death and injury of residents and that he doesn’t care about the health and property of residents.

Robert Alai. The blogger was last week arrested for tweeting unverified information about Covid-19 deaths in Mombasa

The CS considered the publications libelous.

“The said publications were out of malevolence and spite towards the minister and were also calculated to increase the popularity of the said blog and Twitter page with a view of making profit as a media influencer to attract advertising,” Kipkorir said.

The lawyer said, “Our instructions are to demand your immediate pulling down of the said publication and its complete expunging online and all links to them, whereupon we can go into quantum payable”.

He added, “If the above demands are not complied to immediately, we have instructions to file suit to compel their removal and to pursue damages and cost for libel.”


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