CS Balala Hits The Standard With 24-Hour Ultimatum

  • Tourism CS Najib Balala, on Friday, hit The Standard with a 24-hour ultimatum regarding an article published alleging that EACC officers had raided his home.

    In a letter drafted by his lawyers, Balala issued three demands to the media house in an effort to make amends for the 'false reporting' in the piece titled: Detectives Raid Balala's Homes that was published on Friday. 

    Balala demanded an apology that should be published in the next edition of the newspaper.

    "The apology should have the same prominence on the front page and full inside cover, stating that the allegations of the raid are false. The apology must admit liability and correct the inaccuracies published in today's edition," he stated.

    Tourism CS Najib Balala

    The Tourism CS further directed that the publication pull down the article from their websites.

    "Make proposals for the payment to us of damages for the harm caused to our client's reputation, failing which we will proceed to quantify our clients claim thereafter," he ordered.

    The CS warned that if they did not comply with the demands within the specified period of 24 hours, his lawyers would institute legal proceedings against the holding company of the Standard Newspaper and the writer.

    Balala categorically denied that his houses, or any of them, had ever been raided by detectives from EACC, or any other security agencies, during "dawn raids", as suggested by the newspaper article

    "As your story confirms, the writer of the story called one Said Athman, a 'personal assistant" who informed the author of the story that the raid had never happened. Despite this, the Standard proceeded with its publication in total disregard of the truth of the matter," he noted.

    Earlier on Friday, an EACC officer confirmed to Kenyans.co.ke that the commission had summoned the Tourism CS over an alleged irregular award of a Ksh100 Million contract to American Society of Travel Agents-Kenya in 2017.