By JAMES KIRAGU
The Personal Assistant to IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati, has threatened to sue the Daily Nation for claiming that he had been sacked on suspicion of leaking vital information from the electoral commission to the media.
A letter dated today by Mose Nyambega & Company Advocates says contrary to allegations by the Daily Nation that, Mr Gekara Muoni, the PA to Mr Chebukati had been sacked that was not the case.
“Our client was on leave at all the times pertinent to the period under reference and was thus incapable of perusing or accessing the information alleged to have been leaked to warrant your said publication. Our client is still in office and continues in office on the date of this letter,” the lawyer’s demand letter notes.
In the Daily Nation’s Monday headline, “Chebukati sacks aide as crisis looms over presidential poll” the newspaper claimed Mr Chebukati had sacked his personal assistant over leakage of information from his office.
The newspaper added “Mr Chebukati, who has protested the frequent leakage of memos from his office, dismissed Mr Gekara Muoni on Sunday evening for allegedly being behind the leakages after his two memos to chief executive Ezra Chiloba regarding the bungled presidential election came to the public domain in a span of three weeks.”
However, Mr Muoni’s lawyers claim the allegations are “untrue, a mere fabrication; indeed an antithesis of truth.
The Daily Nation has in the recent past been on the spot over controversial stories that are being viewed as ‘spins’ or stories planted in the newspaper by outsiders.
The Daily Nation carried a story following the Supreme Court full judgement headlined “IEBC staff let off the hook as judges explain petition ruling” that seemed to absolve the IEBC from blame over the shambolic General Election.
According to legal experts, the Supreme Court detailed judgement squarely blamed the electoral commission and its chairman Wafula Chebukati, for the failure of the presidential election.
The court’s full judgement said that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) failed to run a legal or constitutional poll.
The story sparked outrage on social media against the newspaper resulting in a crisis meeting by Nation Media Group’s Board of Directors to discuss editorial issues.
As a result the NMG board recalled former editorial director, Mr Wangethi Mwangi, “to provide leadership to the editorial board.”
The ongoing developments at NMG are said to have caused ripples in France, the headquarters of His Highness The Aga Khan, the majority shareholder at NMG.
The Aga Khan is said to be planning to effect far-reaching editorial and management changes at his flagship company in Africa.
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