Sonko’s name struck from Sh1.2 million case
The name of Nairobi Senator Mike Mbuvi Sonko has been expunged from a case in which he was being accused of attempting to extort Sh100 million from a tax payer.
Lawyer Danson Mungatana told Justice Isaac Lenaola that the offending paragraphs which allegedly defamed Mr Sonko were removed and “ now he does not need to be enjoined in the case to clear his name.”
Mr Sonko had urged Justice Lenaola to allow him join the legal fray in which he had been adversely mentioned him in a Sh1.2 billion tax case.
“The five offending paragraphs have been expunged from the case and my client does not need to pursue the case any more,” Mr Mungatana told Justice Lenaola.
The case which had defamed the senator has been filed in court by Mr Edmond Richard Mukoya against the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, the National Lands Commission (NLC), Kenya Urban Road Authority, the Attorney General and Afrison Export Import Limited.
Mr Sonko had urged the judge to stay the disposal of the case filed by Mr Mukoya pending the hearing and determination of his application to be allowed to participate in the litigation.
He was also asking the court to strike out five paragraphs of the certificate of urgency filed by senior counsel Ahmednassir Abdullahi which he alleges are scandalous and vexatious.
Pressing to be enjoined as an interested party Mr Sonko told Justice Lenaola that “Afrison Export and Import Limited made malicious and spiteful assertions in a case it has filed in court alleging that I am an extortionist, conman and a fraudster at the head of an extortionist ring in Nairobi.”
The had been filed under a certificate of urgency by Mr Mungatana the judge heard that the wild allegations made against the senator remain unconverted and part of the public record.
Mr Mungatana had told the judge says the allegations have grossly injured the character of the elected member of the Senate and violated his constitutional right to dignity.
“It is in the best interest of justice that Mr Sonko be given an opportunity to controvert, refute and or oppose the application dated June 24 which has adversely mentioned him,” Mr Mungatana told the judge.
Mr Sonko says that Afrison has maliciously alleged in the suit that he attempted to extort a sum of Sh100,000,000.
The senator wanted to answer the allegation over the payments received in acquisition of a parcel of land which is subject of a court case.
Mr Sonko had maintained that he was being used as a scapegoat to cushion Afrison from liability of the suit.
Justice Lenaola had cerfied the case urgent on July 2 and fixed it for hearing July 9. Now Mr Sonko will not participate in the case