Kabogo wants Waititu pun­ished for de­fam­ing him

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Central -

Ki­ambu Gover­nor Wil­liam Kabogo (pic­tured) yes­ter­day urged a court to pun­ish his ri­val Fer­di­nand Waititu for link­ing him with drug traf­fick­ing. He made his fi­nal ar­gu­ment in a defama­tion suit he filed against Waititu in April. Kabogo said Waititu’s claims that he was in­volved in shady deal­ings are ma­li­cious. He told High Court judge Beatrice Thu­ranira Waititu ru­ined his rep­u­ta­tion. “I have es­tab­lished a case against the re­spon­dent. The words were not only ma­li­cious but defam­a­tory,” Kabogo said. The gover­nor said mone­tary com­pen­sa­tion is not enough as his rep­u­ta­tion has been tainted, and the case war­rants the court’s in­ter­ven­tion How­ever, Waititu dis­missed Kabogo’s ar­gu­ment, say­ing the suit is friv­o­lous and lacks merit. In April Waititu said the gover­nor was named by then In­ter­nal Se­cu­rity min­is­ter Ge­orge Saitoti as one of Kenya’s drug king­pins based on a re­port pub­lished by the US gov­ern­ment in 2010. Kabogo was named along­side other se­nior politi­cians but he was cleared. “There is no ju­ris­dic­tion con­ferred upon this court to en­ter­tain the suit and the pleas are time-barred hav­ing arisen in 2010,” Waititu said. The MP said the ap­pli­ca­tion is an abuse of the court process as there is no law­ful claim against him as al­leged by Kabogo. Fur­ther, he said Kabogo’s real in­ten­tion is to “choke ev­i­dence in a case he has filed against me in which he is re­quired to an­swer to al­le­ga­tions of forg­ing a Knec doc­u­ment”. Waititu said Kabogo’s should have sued the Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment for con­nect­ing him “with is­sues he claims he was later cleared of”.

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