Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko has given The Star newspaper three days to apologise over an article they published today that he was released from Kamiti Maximum Prison because he was HIV positive.
The Governor said if the newspaper fails to apologise and retract the defamatory statement, he will institute legal proceedings against The Star.
Through his lawyer Cecil Miller, the Governor said The Star’s “malicious and spiteful statements were published without inquiring the truth or falsity thereof….that the said publication has inflicted great prejudice to and has caused our said client extreme damage to his otherwise good reputation as a businessman and community leader.”
The article titled Revealed: Sonko was released from prison over HIV status claimed that the judge ruled that the Governor was ‘a HIV positive patient’ citing medical evidence allegedly on record.
It further claimed that the Governor was released from prison three months before completing his one year sentence because he was HIV positive.
The Nairobi Governor has never publicly spoken about his HIV status.