Sonko wants court to punish CORD leaders

July 16, 2014 2:12 pm
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Sonko wants Senators James Orengo, Otieno Kajwang, Elizabeth Ongoro, and Johnstone Muthama cited for disobeying court orders/FILE
Sonko wants Senators James Orengo, Otieno Kajwang, Elizabeth Ongoro, and Johnstone Muthama cited for disobeying court orders/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, July 16 – Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko on Wednesday filed contempt charges against five CORD politicians whom he is accusing of uttering defamatory remarks during the Saba Saba rally.

In the application, Sonko wants Senators James Orengo, Otieno Kajwang, Elizabeth Ongoro, and Johnstone Muthama cited for disobeying court orders.

Sonko says the leaders together with former Makadara legislator Reuben Ndolo uttered defamatory remarks during the Saba Saba rally at Uhuru Park despite a court order restraining them.

The controversial politician claims he has video clips to show that the CORD leaders made defamatory remarks despite a court order warning them.

Justice Isaac Lenaola had earlier restrained the opposition leaders from uttering any incitement, inflammatory or defamatory statements.

“It is evident from the evidence that the contemnors uttered defamatory statements intentionally and willingly despite being aware of the court orders,” he stated.

He says the offensive remarks were directed towards President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto during the rally at Uhuru Park in Nairobi.

The Senator insists that the High Court allowed CORD leaders to exercise their constitutional right to assemble peacefully without being armed in any manner and without uttering incitement, inflammatory or defamatory remarks.

In the interest of justice, Sonko said he wants the plea sought granted on the basis that the politicians wilfully disobeyed the court orders.

Justice Lenaola certified the application as urgent and directed Sonko through his advocate to serve it to said politicians for the hearing on Monday.

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