The High Court has ordered Anerlisa Muigai, a Keroche heiress, to pay Ksh.2 million in damages to businessman Ben Kangangi for allegedly defaming him in a social media post. In a 2018 post, Muigai alleged that Kangangi approached her with a business proposal to supply the government with power wires. Kangangi was said to have won the tender, but the products would cost Ksh.20 million to procure. The Nero CEO claimed she could only raise Ksh.7 million at the moment and advised Kangangi to get the rest elsewhere.
“Ben told me two days later that a buddy of his knew a financier, but that the financier didn’t know Ben personally. “The financier was notorious for demanding substantial collateral, which Ben lacked, and because I had a greater social and business standing than Ben, I was able to borrow money on his behalf,” Muigai wrote. She would then meet the financier, Dennis Mwangeka, who, according to reports, lent out the remaining funds in less than a week without asking for any collateral through his company. Muigai claimed she made it clear she was borrowing money on Kangangi’s behalf, but Mwangeka claimed he had never heard of him.
Kangangi contended before Justice Said Chitembwe that, following Muigai’s tweet, a lot of newspapers published the story without understanding the details of what happened, harming his name in the process. “I am satisfied that the plaintiff was defamed in the absence of any contrary evidence,” Chitembwe wrote in his judgement. “The evidence on record does indicate that the plaintiff’s character was badly affected.” “I believe that a total award of Ksh.2 million is sufficient compensation for the plaintiff.”
Facebook Comments Box