20 March 2017

Kenya: Blogger Cyprian Nyakundi Faces Jail for Disobeying Court Orders

Controversial blogger Cyprian Nyakundi will spend four months behind bars or pay a fine of Sh300,000 for continuously disobeying court orders, a judge has ruled.

High Court Judge Lucy Njuguna issued the verdict and faulted the blogger for disobeying the orders in a case where Safaricom Chief Executive Officer Bob Collymore and his predecessor Michael Joseph have sued him for defamation.

The Judge said the blogger has not given any reason as to why he failed to appear in court on several occasions.

She said the court has an opinion that the blogger has no respect for orders issued.

"The court will not condone deliberate disobedience of its orders and will not shy away from dealing firmly with its proved contemnors," Justice Njuguna said.

The blogger has failed to appear in court several times for the case and was at one time summoned to explain why he continued to publish alleged defamatory information after an order had already been issued stopping him from doing so.

The dispute started in June 2016 when Mr Collymore and his predecessor Mr Joseph sued the blogger for publishing alleged defamatory statements about them while linking them to bribery.


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