Nyamweya sues ex-official for defamation

Football Kenya Federation has instituted legal proceedings against a local newspaper and suspended FKF Coast branch representative Hussein Terry.

According to copies of suit documents obtained by Goal, Nyamweya through Ashimosi Shitambasi and Associates is suing the newspaper and Terry for general, aggravated and exemplary damages for defamation following an article which appeared in the newspaper on July 25, 2013, quoting Terry as source of the information.

“We act for and on behalf of Football Kenya Federation with instructions to address you as we hereby do hereunder-That on July 25, 2013 in an article published in the issue of the newspaper at page 10 and 11 thereof under the banner…”Football Federation under probe over ‘missing’ Sh34.8m”…you published a defamatory article of and concerning Football Kenya Federation,” said the letter to the media house and Terry.

The offending article narrates in details how FKF is under investigations over Sh34.8 million it reportedly received from international sources but is missing from it financial report which was presented to members and approved during the Annual General Meeting.

Following the publication of the article, Nyamweya’s lawyers wrote a letter to the media house and the writer of the article stating in part…”This is to demand from you which we hereby do the immediate withdrawal of the said false allegations and the defamatory article through unconditional apology in a strategic page highlighting the intended apology within 7 days failure to which we have strict instructions to institute legal proceedings to protect the rights of our client.”

When reached for comment, Nyamweya declined to talk about the impending suit and instead referred us to his lawyers. “This matter you want me to talk about is no longer in my hands and I have nothing to comment about. If you require any information please talk to my lawyers.”