NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 5 – A South Sudanese politician and former Sudan People’s Liberation Army commander has sued a local daily for linking him to a 28-year-old Kenyan businesswoman found murdered at her Nairobi apartment after returning from a business trip in Juba.
Daniel Awet Akot, is accusing the Nation Newspaper publishing a slanderous report in its October 3, 2018 edition by suggesting that he used his position of influence as Governor of Bahr el Ghazal State to enrich Monica Kimani whose body was discovered on September 19 last year at a Kilimani apartment.
In a petition filed at the Milimani Law Courts Thursday by his lawyer Donald Kipkorir, the controversial military leader is seeking damages from Nation Media Group, as well Chief Executive Officer Stephen Gitagama, then Editor-in-Chief Tom Mshindi, and Executive Editor Mutuma Mathiu.
According to Kipkorir the report painted a picture of close ties between Akot and the late Kimani, the former said to have assisted the deceased to depart Sudan with a substantial amount of money than is permitted under immigration regulations.
Kimani was found lying lifeless in a bathtub at her Kilimani apartment with her throat slit in murder investigators linked to business dealings.
Police charged two persons – a television journalist and her ex-fiancé – with Kimani’s murder.