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Wetang'ula sues BBC for linking him with BAT scandal

02 December 2015, 17:46 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - Bungoma Senator, Moses Wetang'ula has sued the BBC and local media houses for running a cigarette graft story he termed "malicious and libelous."

Wetang'ula said his lawyer, James Orengo (Siaya Senator) has already written demand letters to responsible media houses for response within 48 hours on allegations that is among beneficiaries in the British-American Tobacco (BAT) scandal as revealed by BBC.

"For the record, I have had no dealings of any nature whatsoever with BAT and Julie Adelle Owino, the officer said to have facilitated the transaction, has categorically denied ever procuring a ticket for me," said Wetang'ula.

Wetang'ula, who is also the Senate Minority Leader, faulted BBC's investigative story, particularly emails cited as authentic source to support their allegations, as malicious rumours generated to besmirch his reputation and character.

He maintained that his 2012 trip to London Olympics which confused with an Investment Conference allegedly funded by BAT while serving as Trade Minister, was fully funded by the Government and that he was among Kenyan delegation that accompanied the then President, Mwai Kibaki.

"I find the allegations that the same trip was funded by some private corporate nauseating, unfortunate, scandalous, malicious and slanderous to the extreme," said Wetang'ula.

"I have accordingly instructed my lawyers to take up legal action against BBC, The Standard and other media outlet carrying this libelous article for explanation within 48 hours failure to which we will have a day in court," warned Wetang'ula.

Wetang'ula who addressed the press at Parliament Buildings was flanked by over 12 CORD legislators including MPs from Bungoma such as Wafula Wamunyinyi (Kanduyi), Eseli Simiyu (Tongaren), Chris Wamalwa (Kiminini) and Ferdinand Wanyonyi (Kwanza).

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