Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja is preparing a defamation suit against Mike Sonko over a post the Governor wrote on Facebook claiming that he[Sakaja] received a bribe from a landgrabber.
Sakaja’s suit comes after Sonko failed to respond to a demand letter on November 28, in which the Senator gave the Governor 48-hours to apologise and retract his statement.
“So it’s going to court next week,” the Senator told the Star.
Last month, Sonko alleged that Nairobi MPs received Sh250,000 from a landgrabber through former Nairobi County Assembly Majority Leader Abdi Guyo.
He further claimed that Sakaja and Makadara MP George Aladwa received Sh5 million from Guyo but they each took Sh1.5 million and lied to the other MPs that the amount was only Sh2 million.
According to Sonko, the MPs received the bribe to issue a statement against him.
But through Issa and Company Advocates, Sakaja accused Sonko of defamation and tainting his reputation.
According to Sakaja, the claims by Sonko that he was paid to issue the statement would ordinarily be taken to mean that the Senator is “corrupt, a fraudster and unfit to hold public office.
“Our further instructions are that the publication of the defamatory posts on your Facebook page, Twitter page and Instagram page was actuated by malice, ill will, utter recklessness and calculated to cause and has indeed caused our client to be ridiculed and treated with contempt and disdain,” Sakaja’s letter states.
In addition to an apology and a retraction, Sakaja demanded an admission of liability after which they would discuss compensation.