Nairobi County Governor, Evans Kidero is threatening to sue the Standard Media Group and Jeff Koinange for defamation following the events on Jeff Koinange Live.
Dr. Kidero stated this in his complaint against Jeff Koinange who hosted Mr. Miguna on his show where he was accused of being a thief by the later.
The governor said the host failed to adhere to journalistic standards but instead allowed Mr. Miguna to repeatedly label him a ‘thief’.
He also stated that Mr. Miguna had defamed him on four previous occasions on the same show with the host continuing to encourage such behaviours. His petition read in part:
“I am writing to you as a custodian of journalistic ethics and standards to look into the issue and take necessary quality assurance remedial measures.”
Miguna Miguna labelled the governor a ‘thief’ claiming that under his watch, the auditor general had documented more than Ksh 100 billion lost or unaccounted for. He further asked him to vacate the office.
Mr. Miguna also launched a vicious verbal attack on his co-panel on the show, Esther Passaris. He told the gubernatorial aspirant that she was not beautiful but only colourful. He also added that every man wants to rape her.
A women lawyers’ lobby, FIDA-Kenya, have come to Ms. Passaris’ defence lodging a complaint against Jeff Koinange.
It asked the Media Council to take legal action against Mr. Koinange for allowing Mr. Miguna to disparage Ms. Passaris on his live show.
The chairwoman, Josephine Mongare condemned Mr. Miguna’s comments terming them ‘violence against women rights’.
Ms. Mongare said the interview demeaned Ms. Passaris and women in general, and should not have been allowed to air. She said in a statement:
“We categorically condemn the violence meted out on Ms Passaris… We take great exception to the fact that the TV show host of no mean repute, allowed Mr. Miguna to repeatedly disparage Ms. Passaris on national TV.”
She added that the constitutional rights of Ms. Passaris were breached as she was treated in a dehumanising manner.
”The show was not about issues but a personal attack.”