Pas­saris re­lief as court gags ri­val Mi­guna

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The High Court has pro­hib­ited Nairobi gover­nor as­pi­rant Mi­guna Mi­guna from mak­ing any fur­ther defam­a­tory state­ments against ri­val Es­ther Pas­saris. Jus­tice Joseph Ser­gon said Mi­guna shall not defame Pas­saris by word or through her im­ages on var­i­ous me­dia plat­forms, in­clud­ing so­cial, print and elec­tronic me­dia.

Pas­saris filed an ap­pli­ca­tion in court, claim­ing Mi­guna “ma­li­ciously and with­out any law­ful or le­gal cause pub­lished on Twit­ter defam­a­tory words”.

The tweet read, “Kenyans in their mil­lions should watch @KoinangeJ­eff Live on KTN on Novem­ber 16 at 10PM as I ex­pose thieves and drug deal­ers.”

Next to these words was a pic­ture of Mi­guna and be­low it the words VS THE CAR­TELS. Pas­saris says next to the words “THE CAR­TELS” were im­ages of some of the peo­ple who have ex­pressed their in­ter­est in the Nairobi gover­nor seat, in­clud­ing her.

Pas­saris ar­gues that the contents of Mi­guna’s tweets were defam­a­tory and were ac­tu­ated by mal­ice. She says in ad­di­tion, they have caused her and her fam­ily much dis­tress as she was de­picted as a scoundrel, a mem­ber of a car­tel, a thief, a looter and a drug pusher.

Pas­saris said this is con­trary to the rep­u­ta­tion she has worked hard to cul­ti­vate over a long pe­riod of time. She said she is a car­ing mother, a hard­work­ing en­trepreneur and an as­pi­rant for Nairobi gover­nor.

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Nairobi gover­nor as­pi­rants Mi­guna Mi­guna and Es­ther Pas­saris dur­ing the JKL show live de­bate with host Jeff Koinange on Novem­ber 16

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