Royal media services barred by court after being sued by tycoon

Media house lands in trouble

Royal Media Services offices in Nairobi

Royal Media Services (RMS) has been barred by a court from publishing defamatory information about businessman Mike Maina after he sued the company.

Maina filed a petition against the media house and Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko for slandering him during an interview on the JKlive show.

The tycoon through the papers presented in court, stated that in January, the media house gave Sonko a platform to defame him by branded Maina and his two companies Marble Arch Hotel and Muthithi Investment, as thieves and land grabbers.

“As a consequence of this (interview), the plaintiffs have been brought to public hatred, pillory, ridicule, contempt, odium and will be disgraced, humiliated, subjected to untold embarrassment and ostracised,” read a part of the petition.

RMS and Jeff Koinange who are the defendants in the case, however remarked that Governor Sonko should be held responsible for the statements made and not the media firm.

“If fact, the second defendant (Koinange) first defendant (Royal Media) and himself systematically, formally and expressly [distanced themselves] from the contents of the statements of the Hon Governor Mike Sonko … Therefore, the party to bear the legal liability and responsibility if any as a result of the JKLive show aired on January 23, 2019, is in fact the Hon Governor Mike Sonko,” read part of the response from the co-defendants.

Koinange and the S.K Macharia owned company, argued that they did their best to control the governor but found it difficult to limit or edit out the sentiments shared by the controversial politician.

The matter is set to be heard on May 20.

Sonko taken to court by Maina

This is the second defamation case lodged by Maina against the county boss.

In February this year, the mogul had lodged a similar case after the two had crossed paths during the demolition of houses on his land in Nyama Villas Kayole in December 2018.

Sonko had been taken to court after he released a recording between him and Maina where he is accused of having hurled insults to Maina.

The court had granted the tough talking governor fourteen days to respond to the case or action would be taken against him.

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