Even before a parliamentary candidate absorbs a humiliating loss he was dealt in the just-concluded elections, he now has to deal with yet another blow which is perhaps even more humiliating.
Starehe ODM candidate Steve Mbogo has suffered a setback after a court threw out his bid to stop media houses from publishing stories about a rape case he faced eight years ago.
A magistrate on Tuesday, August 22, threw out a case filed by the socialite turned politician against The Star, Nation Media Group, Mediamax and the Standard Group.
According to magistrate Mbeja’s ruling, the case lacked merit because the information is already in the public domain.
“Journalists unless barred by the court are entitled to publish a fair and accurate report of judicial proceedings before any court,” he ruled adding that elections were also over and all aspiring candidates of various political positions were subject to public scrutiny.
The magistrate was however quick to add that Mbogo can take his complaints to the commission established under the Media Council Act if he wished any issues between him and the media resolved.
Media had published an article about the criminal case at a Makadara court in 2009, in which Mbogo was charged with the offence of defiling a 15 year-old girl on August 3, 2008 at a rented apartment in Kileleshwa Estate.
The incident is said to have happened when the minor went to his house to give him change because he had offered to buy olive oil for prayers at her parents’ house.
Mbogo who was defeated by his Jubilee rival ‘Jaguar’ in the Starehe race, has since denied the allegations saying the charges were fabricated by the minor’s mother. He added that the mother had demanded Sh500,000 from him in order to drop the charges.
The politician was sentenced to 20 year in prison but he says he did not serve time because it was quashed by the court of appeal.
In June this year, Mbogo moved to court seeking to stop media houses from publishing any articles linking him to the said case since he was vying for a political seat.