A couple of days ago, a local newspaper published a story about how Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko escaped the jaws of Prison after medical reports indicated that he was HIV positive.
This did not go well with the governor and he sort his lawyers to take on the newspaper, The star. And today the Governor while in court and filing damages demand from The Star newspaper he presented documents from Nairobi Hospital and Nairobi West Hospital that all pointed the governor is virus free!
In their defense, the Star newspaper stuck to its gun and said they wrote the article based on the court ruling at the time. The governor being a public figure and any court ruling is always of public interest is by no means against the journalistic code of ethics.
Sonko’s lawyers insist their clients reputation has been dented a good one and are seeking general damages for libel and slander. Sonko through his lawyers claims the star newspaper recklessly published malicious information about him without the care of digging deeper to find out the truth which amounts to defaming him.