EXCLUSIVE: NMG Journalist Dares Top CEO After Incriminating Exposés

  • Nation Media Group's head of content John Kamau has dared a top chief executive officer in Nairobi to actualise his threats following a series of incriminating exposés he continues to publish in the paper.

    Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, Kamau confirmed that he had received a letter from Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) boss, Lerionka Tiampati, through his lawyers, threatening to sue him over the publications.

    The scribe further told this writer that he would not succumb to tycoon's threats and that he would continue to publish the articles and expose the rot at the private entity.

    In his exposés, Kamau unearthed how KTDA bosses tactically swindled farmers' revenue in several schemes that were illegal and had at some point been exposed by Richard Leakey in 2000. Leakey was the Head of Civil Service and Secretary to the Cabinet at the time.

    Daily Nation reporter John Kamau says he will not stop exposing KTDA's rot despite threats from the firm's officials.

    What, however, caught the eye of the KTDA was how Kamau dragged Tiampati into the woos of the ailing entity.

    "The body of the article contains vexing, defamatory, false, inaccurate and malicious content. to lift but a few words, you write;

    "KTDA boss Leronka Tiampati seems unapologetic about the low earnings that he gave this year and has asked farmers who want to uproot their tea plants to go ahead," read a part of the letter.

    KTDA, therefore, demanded that Kamau seizes to publish his exposés and instead, run an apology with prominence similar to that of the original articles.

    In response, Kamau dared the team to carry on with their threats and file a suit against him but he would not budge to their demands.

    "Those people cannot stop me. KTDA has threatened to sue me personally for my series on the wrongs in the tea industry. They can go ahead," he stated.

    KTDA letter
    Copies of a letter sent to John Kamau threatening him of a court action over his exposes