Wednesday November 28, 2018 – Prominent businessman, Jimmy Wanjigi, is demanding Sh 100 million from Nation Media Group over a fake obituary they published in February.
Wanjigi, who is NASA’s chief financier, is demanding compensation saying his rights were violated by a fake obituary the daily paper carried.
Through his lawyer, Willis Otieno, the businessman, who has a close relationship with NASA leader, Raila Odinga, said the advert treated him as a dead body.
“The obituary read that the first applicant was supposed to be buried at Langata cemetery. The obituary treated him as an object while still alive and was against his right to dignity,” Otieno told the court.
He said the advert disclosed his family and their whereabouts hence exposing them to danger.
CEO Stephen Gitagama, Editor-in-Chief Tom Mshindi and Advertising Head, Michael Ngugi, are named as the respondents alongside NMG.
However, NMG in response denied breaching Wanjigi’s rights in any way simply because the businessman waded into public space and as such, his life became important to the public.
The paper says the photograph in the obituary appeared to be the businessman’s but the names were of a different person, one James Richard Wanjagi.
Meaning though it accepts the photograph appears to be Wanjigi’s, the name on the obituary advert is not his.