NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 20 – Controversial blogger Cyprian Nyakundi has been ordered to pay a Sh300,000 fine or face four months in jail for disobeying orders restraining him from defaming Safaricom boss Bob Collymore on social media time and again.
Justice Lucy Mwihaki fined Nyakundi after she found him guilty of deliberately defying orders restraining him from doing so and requiring he appears in court for mitigation before sentencing is passed.
The blogger, according to the judge, gave no justifiable reasons for not attending court proceedings on three occasions.
Last December, Justice Mwihaki found the blogger guilty of contempt of court by demonstrating he had no respect for court orders and held that it could not condone flagrant abuse of its authority and dignity.
She dismissed Nyakundi’s plea for leniency and a non custodial sentence on grounds that he was remorseful.
Lawyer Nani Mungai, representing Collymore, had applied for his arrest arguing that the blogger was not sorry for his actions following continued defamation on his personal blog.
The corporate executive had implored the court to commit Nyakundi to civil jail for six months for disobeying an order issued last July prohibiting him from publishing defamatory articles concerning corruption in the media industry in Kenya.
Days after the directive was issued, Nyakundi is said to have published the offending story and refused to apologise and withdraw it.
In his defense, Nyakundi claimed he did not maliciously bring into disrepute the reputation or credibility of the Safaricom CEO.
“The integrity of the judicial process is likely to be undermined since the respondent has repeatedly posted tweets on his personal platform in total disregard of court sanctions,” she ruled.