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Hairdresser demands apology from Siaya governor over sex slur

A salonist is demanding an apology from Siaya Governor Cornel Rasanga over claims that she made sexual advances, failure to which she will sue him for defamation.

Through her lawyers, Aio and Company Advocates, Seline Akoth Olwanda is demanding an apology and admission of liability from Governor Rasanga following an incident that allegedly took place on March 14, 2017 in Siaya town.

A letter addressed to the governor and signed by J. Otieno stated that on or about 14th, March 2017 at about 10.00am while in a political rally at Siaya Municipal Market within Siaya County, he used the malicious words that defamed their client.

The law firm said the governor, who spoke Dholuo told the public, “Ung’eyo Akoth Olwanda masuko ga e salon Siaya kae cha. Mano yuora. Ne odwa ni alage to atamora” (I suppose you know Akoth Olwanda who is a salonist within Siaya. She is my sister in law. She wanted me to have sexual intercourse with her but I refused).

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The lawyers said the words, in their nature and effect, had gravely lowered the estimation of their client in the minds of right thinking members of the society.

“Be further informed that the incident was reported to Siaya Police Station and booked in the Occurrence Book as OB17/24/3/17. In the circumstances, we have instructions to demand, as we hereby do, an unambiguous, unequivocal and mandatory admission of liability and a written apology in a newspaper of national circulation within the next 14 days.”

The governor was warned that failure to comply with the demands would force the lawyers to institute legal proceedings against him without any further reference.