Ready to Rumble? Sonko takes on Ouko in battle of defamation


The city leadership is headed into a circus as Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and former executive in his council Janet Ouko prepare to trade defamation blows.

Tension between the two started after Janet Ouko moved to court to sue Mike Sonko. Janet claimed that Nairobi Governor defamed her after she resigned from his government.

In his timely counter attack, Governor Mike Sonko is accusing Janet Ouko for masterminding the publication of what he terms as disparaging to his character.

Janet Ouko is not the first executive to trade in blow of words with Mike Sonko after resigning from his administration.

On January 12, 2018, Polycarp Igathe resigned over claims that Mike Sonko has no work ethics.

In her resignation from the county executive for Education, Sports and Social Services seat, Janet Ouko revealed that Mike Sonko’s ‘Jua Kali’ leadership style, his controlling nature and lack of respect for county staff made her quit her job.

In his defense, Governor Mike Sonko brushed off Ouko’s claims saying that she resigned after being implicated in a financial scandal that touched on the county’s bursary fund.

It is this claims that pushed Janet Ouko to move to court. Ouko claims that the Governor’s harsh statement about why she resigned not only caused her mental torture but also affected her psychologically by portraying her as a corrupt thief who is not worth of holding any office in Kenya and abroad.

Governor Mike Sonko has however strongly denied Janet Ouko’s claims. In his killer punch, Mike Sonko has accused Ms Ouko of portraying him as a bully, a blackmailer and chaotic person undeserving to hold public office.

As a result therefore, Mike Sonko wants the court to issue orders restraining Janet Ouko from mentioning his name be it on publications or on social media statements.

Basically, what Mike Sonko is telling Janet Ouko is ‘Nikome ulivyokoma la mamako!’ but using the court.


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