, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 17 – A member of the Kiambu County Assembly has sued Facebook group Dead Beat Kenya for publishing false allegations that he has neglected his child.
Paul Karungo Thang’wa has also sued the woman who claimed that he has failed to provide for the child.
Through advocate Ndegwa Njiro, the MCA says he has been defamed by the Facebook administrator and the child’s mother through the social media post.
The court has now barred the two from writing or publishing any statements about the Kiambu MCA pending the determination of the suit which will be heard on Wednesday next week.
The Facebook page has been the talk of town after women resorted to publishing information and photographs of men they accuse of neglecting their children.
Thang’wa has accused blogger Jackson Njeru, Dead Beat Kenya and Jackline Mwende of depicting him as an irresponsible man for refusing to take care of a child he allegedly sired with her.
Chief Magistrate Charles Obulutsa barred the blogger who created and operates the Facebook page from further writing, printing and publishing statements which are highly defamatory of the plaintiff.
“The remarks on the Facebook page have exposed me to contempt in society and to immense embarrassment and distress,” Thang’wa states.
Since then, he says the public has lashed out at him on social media assassinating his character and questioning his integrity and capability to lead.
He says that his character and reputation have been greatly inured as the defamatory statements have exposed him to ridicule, hatred, scandal and contempt in the eyes of right thinking members of the society.
He argued that unless the court issued an injunction against the respondents, they will continue to write, print and publish defamatory statements.
The MCA says the respondents have persisted in defaming him despite the fact that he is not the father child in question.
He is seeking general and punitive damages for defamation, a compelling order directing them to delete the post from their group page and a complete and unequivocal withdrawal, retraction and apology from Dead Beat Kenya.