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Royal Media Services Limited & Ramogi FM v. Jakoyo Midiwo

(2018) JELR 98420 (CA)

Court of Appeal  •  Civil Appeal 136 of 2012  •  27 Jul 2018  •  Kenya

Coram
Mohammed Abdullahi Warsame, William Ouko, James Otieno Odek

Judgement

JUDGMENT OF THE COURT

1. By a Plaint dated 16th December 2003, the Respondent, (Hon. Jakoyo Midiwo) filed suit for defamation against the appellants (Royal Media Service and Ramogi FM). At all material times, the Respondent was the Member of Parliament for Gem Constituency.

2. The particulars of the alleged defamation were that on the 15th day of December 2003, the appellants caused to be aired, broadcast and published as the main and leading item during the 7.00 am morning radio news the following words in Luo language defamatory of the Respondent herein:

“...Jotelo mayande ne obila oyudo kachoko ochodoroche Koinange Street waseyudo...... Ramogi nyo odwaro mo oyudo in

to ngawa gini mawachore ni ne oyud rando gi obila ka okawo ochoderoche maloko dendgi e Koinange Street....to jabura

maduoug mawadendo ni M.P. en Jakoyo Midiwo ma jaod Orindi ma dwond bura ma Gem Jakoyo Midiwo....nyocha bende watemo

dwaro Jakoyo Midiwo mondo okwer kata oyie to njok ok wayude...en wach ma omako wang dhano kabis…

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