Written By John Mutiso 📝
In 2018, Anerlisa Muigai, daughter of Keroche Breweries Tabitha Karanja was sued by her ex-boyfriend Ben Kangangi for defamation following a post she shared on social media.
The Kenyan High Court has ordered the Nero CEO to pay Sh2 million to Kangangi for tarnishing his name in an internet post that depicted him as a fraudster.
In his lawsuit, Kangangi claimed that the post had caused him distress and that he had lost business as a result of it. Through a company called Benka Automobiles, Kangangi imports and sells high-end automobiles, equipment, fashion garments, and interior design material.
Delivering the ruling, High Court Judge Justice Said Juma Chitembwe ruled that the evidence provided was adequate hence awarded the businessman Sh2 million for compensation.
“Given the evidence on record, it is this court’s view that it (the post) was indeed defamatory. The post directly referred to the plaintiff(Mr. Kangangi) and indicated that he was an unscrupulous businessman who conducted fraudulent businesses and could not be trusted.
“The plaintiff indicated that the claims by the defendant( Anerlisa) were false and the defendant did not provide anything to controvert the same,” Justice Said Juma Chitembwe stated.
“Given the evidence on record, I do find that a global award of Ksh2,000,000 shall be adequate compensation for the plaintiff. The plaintiff is hereby awarded Ksh 2million as general damages plus costs and interest,” he ruled.
Apparently, Kangangi reportedly approached Arnelisia, requesting a Sh20 million loan for a government-issued tender to supply power cables.
According to reports, Anerlisa was only able to lend Sh7 million and had to borrow Sh13 million to do so. Kangangi had indicated he knew a banker who would provide her the complete cash in less than a week, she added.
Things went bad when the lender called Anerlisa and demanded security in the form of a vehicle that belonged to her or was registered in her company’s name. She had already provided Kangangi with two cars that he had forfeited.
Months later, the ex-boyfriend allegedly failed to pay back yet the financier was also demanding pay. This prompted the Keroche heiress to take to social media.
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