Kabogo wants Waititu punished for defaming him
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”.