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Tycoon threatens to sue Bensouda for defamation

26 January 2015, 10:30 Obare Nyamota

Nakuru - A Nakuru tycoon mentioned as President Uhuru Kenyatta's accomplice in the 2007/8 post election violence has threatened to sue International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, for defamation.

This comes just a week after Bensouda implicated senior politicians and business people in the retaliatory killings of 2007/08 post election violence.

Zakayo Maina Waweru, who addressed the press in Nakuru town Saturday morning, denied playing a role in the violence that saw President Kenyatta and his Deputy, William Ruto charged at the ICC.

“It is unfortunate that the prosecutor has accused me of supplying the Mungiki with guns used in the retaliatory attacks in Nakuru since l was a defence witness,”said Waweru. disclosing that his factory housed hundreds of people who had fled their homes for fear of attacks.

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The businessman who operates a timber factory in the town termed the allegations baseless, saying he was shocked by the ICC dossier.

Waweru said that even President Kenyatta’s lead counsel, Steven Kay had visited him to establish how he provided a safe haven  for post election families in his factory.

He also distanced himself from allegations that he funded the Mungiki whom the ICC prosecution claims carried out retaliatory attacks on perceived ODM supporters.

“The Prosecution claims that l was distributing guns to the Mungiki. Those are total lies,” Waweru added.

The mogul accused Bensouda of dragging people’s names to the ICC mud and said he contemplates suing her for defaming him.

“I am a businessman and the alleged link to Mungiki will strain my relationship with clients,” he said.

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