High Court judge Joseph Sergon has directed the Nation Media Group (NMG) to pull down an investigative report dubbed ‘COVID-19 millionaires’ from all its social media platforms pending hearing and determination of a case filed by one of the companies mentioned in the exposé.
Richard Ngatia’s Megascope Limited through Njoroge Regeru and Company had sued NMG and journalist Dennis Okari for linking it to the multi-billion shillings scandal at the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA).
Megascope had demanded for an unconditional apology to be aired by NTV in Prime Time News for what it terms as ‘highly damaging allegations, insinuations and innuendos’ against it.
The company further wanted Nation Media Group to remove the investigative piece from all social media platforms such as Facebook ad YouTube, and wants the media house to desist from further publishing defamatory articles against Mega Scope.
The demand letter also wanted the media house to admit liability for the slanderous and libellous investigation following which the healthcare company through its lawyers will sue for damages.
The investigative report indicated that Megascope was one of the companies appointed by KEMSA to clear medical supplies donated by Chinese billionaire Jac Ma after they arrived at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).
It was further reported that part of the Jac Ma donations disappeared after being cleared at JKIA, a claim that KEMSA officials have since dismissed as untrue.
Through its director Richard Ngatia, the company moved to court for the adverse mention of his business as well as others included in the exposé, adding that the report has maligned the firm.
High Court judge Joseph Sergon directed that the case be mentioned on October 22.
On Sunday August 16, NTV ran an investigative piece that widely mentioned Mega Scope Healthcare as one of the companies that allegedly contracted by KEMSA to clear covid-19 kits donated by Jack Ma.
The investigative piece alluded that there were records to show that kits were received the kits, but there was no public record of what happened thereafter.