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Blogger Nyakundi ordered to appear in court for contempt

The judge said, “Mr Nyakundi has to personally attend court as it has been brought to the attention of the court that he has continued to publish the alleged defamatory articles."

By Patience Akengapakenga@kenyafreepress.comMonday, 05 Sep 2016 20:18 EAT

The High Court has issued summons to blogger Cyprian Nyakundi for continuing to write and publicize defamatory statements about Safaricom managers despite court warning to stop doing so. This is after the court received complaints about the publication of the supposed defamatory information.

Justice Lucy Njuguna issued the order for the controversial blogger to appear in court next week. The judge said, “Mr Nyakundi has to personally attend court as it has been brought to the attention of the court that he has continued to publish the alleged defamatory articles."

Earlier in the year, the court had issued a temporary order to Mr Nyakundi to stop publishing defamatory items on his blog after Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore and former Chief Executive Michael Joseph sued the blogger for publishing information that was damaging to their reputations on his blog which goes by the name cnyakundi.com

Nyakundi had published various articles  with  titles such as “How Safaricom steals from Kenyans with third parties.”

The National Bank of Kenya had also twice sued the blogger for defamation. Nyakundi had alleged that the NBK would collapse, accusing its managers of bribing the Central Bank of Kenya regulators.

Mr Nyakundi, however, says that he has not received case files for contempt of court. The case is set for mention on September 13.

The writer is a journalism student at Moi University currently on internship at the Kenya Free Press, specialising in entertainment and community affairs.





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