Safaricom’s current and former CEOs have sued blogger Cyprian Nyakundi for defamation over articles in which he said the telecommunications giant is exploiting Kenyans.
Nyakundi was served on Tuesday by lawyers Muriu, Mungai & Co Advocates on behalf of chief executive Bob Collymore and his predecessor Michael Joseph.
A notice in the newspapers read: “Take notice that the application will be heard on June 28. If you do not attend, the application will be heard your absence withstanding.”
Collymore and Joseph asked to serve the controversial blogger through newspapers saying tracing him was difficult.
They cited the part 1 – 16 series of “offensive” articles by Nyakundi which they said were unsubstantial, unsupported and portrayed Safaricom as fraudulent.
The summons states Nyakundi accused Safaricom of firing staff for falling ill. It is further stated that he published articles concerning matters being addressed in court.
Part one of the series is titled ‘How Safaricom steals from Kenyans with third parties’, part tow ‘Your privacy and Safaricom are two different things‘ and part three ‘Time to put Safaricom back in its box before it seriously hurts Kenyans‘.
Milimani law courts issued a temporary injunction stopping Nyakundi from publishing articles about Safaricom.
Nyakundi shot to fame in 2012 when he was allegedly kicked out of Meru University and eventually expelled for his social media posts.