Standard Newspaper Sued by Jackson Kibor's Wife over Gold Digger Remarks

  • Veteran politician Jackson Kibor's youngest wife Eunita Kibor has sued The Standard newspaper for defamation stating it referred to her as a gold digger.

    Eunita has filed a suit against the Standard at the Eldoret Magistrate’s Court asking for an apology and compensation for a story published online.

    Mrs Kibor claims that the Standard and the writer of the story Njoki Kaigai of "jointly, falsely and maliciously" printed and published an article that portrayed her as a materialistic woman taking advantage of her old, rich husband’s wealth.

    Eunita Kibor, who is 40, traditionally married the 86-year-old veteran politician who is a farmer in 2002 and they have five children.

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    She asked the court to issue a permanent injunction barring the media house from publishing any defamatory information about her.

    In the suit, she cited part of the article that read: “I hope Yunita has accepted the fact that she will always be seen as the young gold digger wife whose singular achievement will have been taking advantage of an elder to earn a lifetime meal ticket.”

    Through lawyer Waziri Omollo, Eunita further criticised the article which stated that her children were born out of an illegitimate relationship.

    In the court documents, Eunita also noted that the “false and malicious” story was published and distributed to millions of people across the world, which tainted her image.

    The Standard and Kaigai are also alleged to have deliberately used abusive language, failed to verify information and intentionally took an action that ruined her business.

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    “Whereas the defendants have the right to express their opinions, they ought to have respect for the plaintiff’s rights and reputation,” the application read in part.