The Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) and its CEO Wilson Muthaura have sent a demand letter to blogger Cyprian Nyakundi over articles posted on his blog and various social media sites believed to be controlled by him.
“We have been instructed by our clients Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) and Mr. Wilson Muthaura, CEO KTDA, to address you as hereunder; On 24.12.2022 on your Facebook page Cyprian Is, Nyakundi yourself, your agent, employee and/or representative posted a scandalous and defamatory statement on your verified Facebook account,” the demand letter titled Demand on the Defamatory Statements by Yourself Against the Kenya Tea Development Agency & Mr. Wilson Muthaura CEO KTDA, as seen by Mahakamani news stated.
Through their lawyer, J.J Kibicho & Co. Advocates, Mr Muthaura accuses Mr Nyakundi of publishing ‘a scandalous and defamatory statement’, on his Faceebok page.
“On 24.12.2022 on your Facebook page Cyprian Is, Nyakundi yourself, your agent, employee and/or representative posted a scandalous and defamatory statement on your verified Facebook account that; “KTDA female employees allege sexual harassment from the CEO Muthaura who brags having the Agriculture CS Mithika Linturi in his pockets as court orders him to rehire staff he illegally sacked a few months ago.”, the demand letter stated in part.
It further stated, Nyakundi insinuated that KTDA is a place that is not fit for female employees due to the sexual transactional nature of the offices, and that the CEO is a has bragged to enjoy backing from powerful govt officials.
“The contents of the Facebook posts and blog post are defamatory, a falsehood, inaccurate and made with malicious intent to paint our clients in bad light. These malicious Facebook posts and article by yourself have negatively portrayed the Company and its leadership especially among tea farmers who are the major stakeholders in KTDA’s value chain”
The two entities have given the blogger 12 hours to apologise and retract the statements or they seek legal redress.
“The posts are shareable and have circulated widely in other social media and messaging apps such as Whatsapp and Telegram. Your blog/page is patronized by over 241,000 followers who include key KTDA stakeholders. Further, and as of today, the linked story has been viewed over 17, 146 times. TAKE NOTICE that if you do not comply with the demands herein, we have instructions to seek legal redress against you without further reference to you and at your risk as to costs and other consequences ensuing thereof,”
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