DP Ruto's PA Farouk, private secretary threaten to sue over link to military tender scam

In Summary

• Kibet's lawyer said the statement was expressly meant to embarass and discredit him and paint him out to be corrupt person involved in a scheme to embezzle public funds.

DP William Ruto's PA Farouk Kibet.
DP William Ruto's PA Farouk Kibet.
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Deputy President William Ruto's personal assistant Farouk Kibet and private secretary Reuben Maiyo have demanded an apology and damages from the Standard newspaper, following an article linking them to the Sh39.5 billion military tender scam.

Through Katwa and Kemboy Advocates, Kibet on Monday accused the Standard newspaper, its editorial director and two reporters - Cyrus Ombati and Roselyn Obala - of writing libelous articles.

"In particular, you make allegations that on their own and directly and or indirectly and or by innuendo suggest that our client is engaged in illegal actions and embezzlement of the public funds, and which allegations are untrue," the lawyer said.

Maiyo, through lawyer Paul Mwangi, accused the newspaper of painting him as a criminal, who is corrupt.

Kibet, while referring to the article titled 'Detectives raid Ruto office, Echesa houses', faulted the newspaper for stating detectives were pursuing him as well as chief of staff Ken Osinde and private secretary Reuben Maiyo.

Kibet's lawyer said the statement was expressly meant to embarass and discredit him and paint him out to be corrupt person involved in a scheme to embezzle public funds.

He demanded that an apology be published, after his approval and that the offensive article be deleted.

Kibet's lawyers said that legal proceedings will be instituted if an apology is not published and a 'reasonable' amount in damages is not offered within two days.

Maiyo demanded that the newspaper acknowledge publishing a misleading article and retract the piece. He also demanded substantial compensation.

He urged Standard newspaper to suggest 'substantial compensation' to pay for the damage caused to his reputation.