Cofek Out of Kidero Suit

The Consumer Federation of Kenya has a lost a bid to join a defamation suit involving Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero and Kakamega Senator Bonny Khalwale.

The case arises from remarks made by Khalwale over Kidero’s tenure at Mumias Sugar company.

In a ruling yesterday, High Court judge Joseph Sergon said Cofek is likely to take sides in the case, since it has shown a lot of support for Khalwale.

He said the group did not convince the court or raise any reasonable ground to be enjoined.

Cofek said the case proceedings can reduce a matter of monumental public interest such as the collapse of the largest sugar company to a defamation suit between the two parties.

It said the outcome of the case has potential to prejudice sugar consumers as well as overall public interest.

“Drifting the case to a defamation suit without investigating Kidero’s role in the collapse of Mumias Sugar is likely to affect investigations carried out by, among others, the audit firm KPMG East Africa, National Assembly and other competent agencies,” it says.