Defamation matter filed by dairy stopped
The High Court has dismissed a defamation case filed by milk processor Brookside Limited against Nyali MP Mohammed Ali.
Justice Hedwig Ong’udi upheld the preliminary objections raised by the MP and dismissed the suit for lack of jurisdiction.
“This court does not have jurisdiction to hear and determine the matter, the Petitioner should file the case at the right court,” ruled the Judge.
The company had sued the Legislature for defamation over his statement on March 3 at a public rally in Nyeri that the firm buys milk at Sh20 boils it and sells it to suppliers at Sh120
The company had argued that the said allegations by the former journalist, which were made, were meant to ignite public resentment against it.
It claimed that the allegations were false and a violation of its rights under Article 20, Article 33(2)(d), and Article 27 of the Constitution.
“The statement meant that the company exploits the dairy farmers who sell and supply milk to it as raw material for its business. The said statement also meant that the company subjects farmers or suppliers to unfair treatment,” the firm said in its petition.
Brookside argued the MP’s statement meant that it sells milk products that were not processed or manufactured to the required health or safety standards and are of substandard quality.