Deputy President William Ruto has sued activist Boniface Mwangi for defamation over a tweet linking him to the death of businessman Jacob Juma.

Boniface Mwangi's tweet that has been said to link DP Ruto to the death of businessman Jacob Juma
A screenshot of Boniface Mwangi’s tweet that has been said to link DP Ruto to the death of businessman Jacob Juma

In his suit filed on Friday, Ruto through his lawyer Kioko Kilukumi said Mwangi’s claim was “scandalous and injured his reputation”.

Ruto has further demanded public apology and deletion of the said tweet.

Kilukumi said the tweet dented the DP’s character and lowered his estimation among Kenya’s high-thinking people adding that his name has been brought into public scandal and ridicule, making his feelings to be injured.

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The DP wrote to Mwangi a week ago demanding an apology. However the #TeamCourage activist dared him to make good his threat and sue him over the tweet that is termed libelous.

Boniface Mwangi's response to DP Ruto's threat to sue him over his 'libelous' tweet.
Boniface Mwangi’s response to DP Ruto’s threat to sue him over his ‘libelous’ tweet.

Mwangi’s lawyers, Gitobu Imanyara & Company, wrote to Ruto’s team saying he will not apologise for the tweet, and challenged him to proceed to court.

In May, the Deputy President threatened to Sue former Lugari legislator Cyrus Jirongo over comments he made during Jacob Juma’s memorial at All Saints’ Cathedral in Nairobi.

“Mr Jirongo made two statements of concern: First, he stated the killers of Meshack Yebei, a prospective defence witness at the just-concluded trial of the Deputy President at the ICC, were the same persons who killed Jacob Juma. Second, he stated, Juma slapped Ruto. That’s is where the problem started and investigations should start there,” Ruto’s legal adviser Korir Sing’oei is quoted by The Star.