mohamed ali of jicho pevu awarded sh1 million in defamation suit against star newspaper
byMay 7, 2021
Nyali MP Mohammed Ali of Jicho Pevu has been awarded him Sh1 million in a defamatory case against The Star newspaper.The Radio Africa Group-owned daily had on March 10, 2018, published an article with the heading ‘Mohamed Ali caught up in CDF Bursary Scam, as he fires three’.
Milimani Resident Magistrate S. Gitonga had ruled that the Star had misrepresented the facts in a story further noting that the Star should pay for the damages caused by the initial publication.
“Based on the foregoing and owing to the fact that the plaintiff was afforded a right of reply and a clarification was published on May 11 and 12, 2019, which sought to make clarifications and directly apologised to the plaintiff, and taking into consideration the provisions under section 16 A of the defamation Act Cap 36 of the Laws of Kenya, I award the plaintiff a sum of Ksh1 million as general damages for the tort of defamation,” ruled the judge.
The paper claimed Moha was under investigation by the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) over embezzlement of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF).On the case, In June 2018, Mohammed Ali sued the Star for defamation saying the article dented his credibility, profession, and reputation.
Mohamed has also indicated he had never been investigated by the EACC nor did he have any power to fire any personnel of the CDF committee.
Mohammed Ali l took to social media on Thursday to announce the ruling stating,
“I have been awarded Ksh 1 million over a publication that was carried by the star in which the newspaper alleged that I had been caught in the embezzlement of CDF funds. The story was found to have been defamatory. For the young upcoming Journalist deal with the facts like we did,” he tweeted.