Former Senator Boni Khalwale has been issued a 7-day ultimatum to compensate Homa Bay Woman Representative Gladys Wanga or risk being sued.
In a demand letter sent to Khalwale by her lawyers on Wednesday, August 26, she also demanded an unqualified apology following his utterances.
Wanga accused the former senator of linking her to the emotive KEMSA scandal in which it is claimed that Ksh43 billion has been mismanaged.Former Kakamega Senator addresses a past roadside rally
"Gladys Wanga was included in the National Assembly Finance Committee and she made sure that Junet Mohammed was paid by KEMSA," Khalwale spoke on August 8 at a public gathering in Busia County.
The words were captured in electronic media and were widely circulated on social media.
"In uttering the said words, you knew or ought to have known that at no time or point whatsoever has our client been responsible for the management, administration or even making payments to service providers of KEMSA or is any way invloved in the financial administration of the agency,
"The purpose of this letter is to demand from you , which we hereby do, an unqualified apology to our client prominetly uttered in similar manner the defamatory words were uttered and shared and compensation for loss and damage caused to her character within seven days," the letter stated.
The ODM Party has been accused by many politicians of being invovled in the scandal following its declaration of its stand.
In a statement on August 23, Sifuna explained that claims of misappropriation of funds could only be ascertained after an audit by the Office of the Auditor-General.
“We wonder how this can be so before a credible audit by the Auditor General is carried out to ascertain the veracity of these claims. The precedent has been set before, where the media goes on a sensationalist extravaganza, with half-baked information obtained from shadowy sources, ending up creating more problems than solutions,” spoke Sifuna.
“It is disheartening to hear no less a senior government official than the Deputy President go public with the juvenile and improper statement that "at least now nobody will blame me for stealing Covid-19 funds",” he added.Suna East Member of Parliament Junet Mohamed during a press briefing in September 2018.File
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