Friday, April 26, 2013

Safaricom sues city blogger Alai for libel

By NATION CORRESPONDENT

Mobile phone service provider Safaricom, on Friday obtained a court order barring a blogger from posting online articles perceived to injure the company’s reputation.

Safaricom has sued controversial Nairobi blogger Robert Alai for libel and now wants a court to order him to pull down two “offensive” articles he is alleged to have posted on a website.

The company through its lawyers, got a temporary injunction restraining Mr Alai from further publishing on the Internet the perceived libellous articles.

The contested articles which the company wants removed, according to the claim, appear on a website www.tecmtaa.com and are titled ‘Safaricom Now Retiring and Muzzling Call Centre Staff Impaired by Cheap Handsets’ and ‘Another Chilling Letter From a Safaricom Call Centre Staff’. The hearing was set for May 6.

Pending cases

Mr Alai has other pending court cases lodged after he posted ‘libellous’ articles on the Internet.

He is out on a bond of Sh200,000 in a case filed by the head of Public Service Francis Kimemia.

Former Government Spokesman Alfred Mutua also sued Mr Alai over a message he posted on the Internet linking him to a murder.

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