Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi has told off Baringo Senator Gideon Moi over his move to take legal action against Daily Nation, a local daily owned by Nation Media Group.
Taking to social media to criticize the senator Sudi scolded him for crying foul over what he has been doing to Deputy President William Ruto through the Standard Newspaper, a local daily owned by the Standard Media Group that belongs to the Senator’s family.
Sudi accused the Senator of orchestrating a shouting headline against the DP through his newspaper adding that he ought to go easy on the matter involving the Daily Nation.
“Stop crying like a baby when you are placed on a newspaper headline just once. You’ve always been placing screaming headlines against William Ruto on your Standard Newspaper but William has never complained. Learn to grow a thick skin and be a man enough. Bure kabisa,” wrote Sudi on Facebook.
The developments came hours after news of the Senator filing a lawsuit against the local daily went viral on social media.
According to media reports, the suit filed at Milimani Law Courts through TripleOKLaw Advocates indicates that the Senator seeks a permanent injunction against the Daily Nation and journalist Vincent Achuka following an article published on January 3, 2020, that linked him to Kenya Ports Authority scandal.
Details of the story dubbed ‘Moi firm linked to new KPA tender scam’ indicated that Senator Moi orchestrated the award of tender and procurement for Peripheral Storage Facilities for Inland Container Depot to Mitchell Cotts Limited and Nairobi Inland Cargo Terminal.
“Two years after the controversial decision was made, investigations have been launched to establish how two companies linked to powerful politicians were given a tender to construct peripheral cargo storage facilities on behalf of the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) next to the ICD.
“One of the companies, Mitchel Cotts, is linked to Baringo Senator Gideon Moi and retired President Daniel arap Moi’s aide Joshua Kulei,” reads in part the story by the Daily Nation.
Despite Senator Moi demanding for an apology from the media house and retraction of the story from its website as well as social media accounts, the local daily has since refused to heed to the orders.
The Senator is seeking a declaration that will label statements highlighted in the newspaper as not only false but also malicious and defamatory.
Apart from a written apology, the Senator is also seeking general damages for libel, exemplary damages and aggravated damages for defamation.