, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 16 – Senior Counsel Ahmednasir Abdullahi has dismissed the defamation case filed by Interior and National Co-ordination Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku.
In a post on his Twitter handle, Abdullahi says Lenku cannot be defamed because he is a public servant and was nonetheless not threatened by the impending case.
“A public servant is legally incapable of being defamed—he is public property,” read part of the tweet by the vocal lawyer.
He went on to pose a question insinuating that he would not have defamed Lenku if he had remained in his position at the Utalii College where he was a senior manager.
Lenku through his lawyer Donald Kipkorir of KTK Advocates has formally filed a libel suit against senior counsel Ahmednasir Abdullahi.
Lenku sought permanent injunctive relief restraining Abdullahi from using words that were defamatory to him, together with General Aggravated and Exemplary Damages for his published and republished tweets and commentaries which Lenku says have lowered his dignity.
Kipkorir quoted tweets between October 27 and November 7 where the defendant (Ahmednasir) used words that were defamatory of the Plaintiff (Lenku).
According to Kipkorir, the tweets and commentaries about his client were based on falsehood and actuated by extreme malevolence and spite, intended to cause ridicule.
They also claim that the accusations were meant to influence a land grabbing case which Abdullahi was handling as explained by a certain tweet by the senior counsel.
“Where does one turn to when the Cabinet Secretary in charge of security Ole Lenku storms and takes over your land ala Mugabe style—yesterday and today Ole Lenku with 500 Maasai and 75 GSU Officers took over by force Nguruman Farm—He arrested all 76 workers,” read some of the accusations on the plaint.
Several other accusations were found in a commentary by the defendant in one of the local weekend publications.