9 March 2011
JUJA MP William Kabogo has moved to court to block a media house from airing stories that link him to drug trafficking. The MP filed a libel suit against the Standard Media Group and its four reporters yesterday seeking an order to stop further airing and publication of the stories.
High Court judge John Mwera restrained KTN from airing the programme dabbed Jicho Pevu until the matter is heard. Justice Mwera certified the case as urgent after Kabogo told court that he was apprehensive that KTN will air the continuing series called "Dawa za Karaha" in their Kiswahili bulletin and "Peddlers of Lives" in their nine o'clock news. He said he would suffer irreparable loss unless KTN is restrained.
He said he has never been involved in crime or drug trafficking, nor has he ever been investigated, charged or convicted of such offences. He said the media house published a cartoon on March 5 associating him with violent crimes. And since Sunday, the Standard has been publishing reports linking him to crimes.
Through his lawyer Nelson Havi, Kabogo claimed the report portrays him as a driver and a sidekick of a drug baron. In his suit papers, Kabogo says apart from being a MP, he is a prominent businessman engaged in cargo transport and real estate development.
He says the insinuation of the reports published by KTN and Standard newspaper portrays him as a mobster, a murderer and a violent person. He further says the stories are meant to say he is corrupt, of a dishonest conduct and unfit to hold office as an a MP.
According to him, the alleged stories are calculated to pour scorn on him in his profession as a politician and in his businesses. "I am aware in November 2010, the US claimed that certain individuals including myself were involved in violent crime or drug trafficking and submitted a report in that regard to the Minister for Internal Security," his papers states.
But he says the commissioner of police cleared him on February. He says following the claims by the US government, he wrote to the ministers of Internal Security and Foreign Affairs seeking more information.