by Martin Oduor
Mike Sonko has been rattled with an article written on Sunday Nation. The articles purports that the Nairobi governor drinks like a fish even at his office.
The article titled ‘The Madhouse that is Sonko’s City Hall Office’ reveals how the governor starts drinking as early as 10 am at his City Hall office.
Sonko has however dismissed the article terming it as utter defamation. The governor reveals that he has instructed his lawyers to sue Daily Nation.
“A story in today’s Sunday Nation titled ‘The Madhouse that is Sonko’s City Hall Office’ has been widely circulated both in print and electronic form. It has achieved its purpose, which was to portray the Nairobi City County Government under my leadership as dysfunctional, and depict me as a failed Governor.
This is the most unfortunate example of irresponsible journalism where great effort is made to malign the character of an individual and expose him to public ridicule without giving him a chance to defend himself or even investigating to verify allegations before publishing them.
“The tenets of journalism include objectivity, balance and fairness. This story lacked in all these, and the half-hearted sentence at the end of the story that I did not respond to several calls and messages is meant to hide the fact that I was never meant to be heard before my character was attacked in the manner the Sunday Nation has done. I have instructed my lawyers to seek legal redress,” wrote Sonko in part.
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Sonko says Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho is working in cahoot with Nation journalists to taint his reputation.
“Why should a story in a leading national newspaper focus on trivial things like the eggs and sausages I eat for breakfast and ignore life changing, transformational issues? You be the judge.
This is all being orchestrated by a group of people engaged in high level succession politics that I have talked about in the past, whose implementing lead person is Internal Security PS Karanja Kibicho. They have been celebrating the ‘success’ of the hatchet job together with their contact Editor at the Sunday Nation, but I will not be distracted from delivering services to the residents of Nairobi. They can spend as much money as they want to malign my name, but in the end the truth will prevail. I know that a lie can travel half way around the world before truth puts on its shoes but the truth always catches up. And we all know for sure that the moral arc of the universe is long but it bends towards justice. I will continue working for Nairobians and let my work speak for me.”
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