NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 25 – Activist Boniface Mwangi wants to gain access to the details of Deputy President William Ruto’s wealth as he seeks to defend himself against a defamation suit he’s facing from the DP.
Through lawyer Gitobu Imanyara, Mwangi is seeking Ruto’s wealth declaration forms from 2013 when he was elected as the Deputy President to date, disclosed.
The activist wants the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to disclose all the companies where the DP has been listed as a shareholder or director and also men and women who have been registered as co-owners of those companies.
“The purpose of this letter is to request for information on wealth declaration returns of the plaintiff for the period he has been the Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya. Our request is founded on Article 35 (1)(a) and (b) of the constitution and other relevant laws,” Imanyara stated.
He also wants to know how much the DP has been paid in terms of dividends from the companies that he has interest in.
The letter which was written to the IEBC Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba on October 24 and delivered on the same day has an ultimatum of two days.
Imanyara pointed out that a quick response to his client’s prayers would enable him argue the defamation case filed by Ruto against Mwangi.
“Our request is founded on Article 35(1) a and b of the Constitution and other relevant laws. We require you to provide to us information as soon as possible but not later than Thursday, November 1, 2016 to enable our client to fully exercise his constitutional right to a fair hearing in the above case,” the letter read.
Mwangi made the demand in relation to a defamation case filed by Ruto over a Twitter claim touching on the death of businessman Jacob Juma.
According to Ruto, the tweets linked him to the murder of businessman, corruption and land grabbing, which tarnished his good reputation.