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Things get thicker for the star news paper as governor Sonko files suit over HIV status tory

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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,14TH JUNE 2019-Things continue to thicken between The Radio African owned newspaper the Star and Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko  over a report implying that a High Court judge reviewed his jail term and subsequently released him in 2002 because he was HIV positive.The governor has gone to court and sued the publication.

On Friday governor Sonko attached HIV test results in his suit papers filed  indicating that he is negative while terming the claims by the publication as malicious.

On June 7 ,The paper had suggested that Sonko was released from jail three months before completing his twelve-month sentence by late High Court judge, Samuel Oguk.

Sonko’s lawyer, Cecil Miller had written to Radio Africa Group demanding an apology over the story.

According to Sonko , actions by the Star amounted to character assassination costing his reputation, urging the court to find the publication liable for general damages and slander.

“The defendants are busy bodies motivated by mala fides (bad faith), cheap publicity and propaganda, personal prejudice and bias, misplaced vengeance and personal vendetta and unbridled greed to sell themselves which cannot sustain their attempts to practice competitive journalism and become decently recognizable without sensationalism, gutter journalism and habitual vulgarism of the worst kind,” the governor said.

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