Moses Kuria to pay Martha Karua 6.5m for defamation

High Court has ordered Gatundu South MP Moses to pay NARC-K leader Martha Karua Sh6.5 million for damages.
Karua sued Kuria for defamation after allegedly claiming that she procured witnesses to fix Deputy President William Ruto in his case where he had been charged with crimes against humanity at the ICC in the Hague.
In the suit, Karua argued that the words uttered by Kuria damaged her image and reputation, as well as her standing as a politician, businesswoman, family woman and as an advocate.
In the matter which was before Justice Joseph Sergon, Karua had sued Kuria for Sh 20 million as damages.
She wanted court to bar the MP from linking her to the ICC case and issuing comments about her pending the determination of the case.
Kuria never defended or filed any submissions in the case.
According to her, the remarks were made in Kapsokwony, Bungoma County, on September 21, 2015, at a political meeting “disguised as a prayer rally”.
Post-election violence

Kuria had claimed to have been part of a meeting with Karua that came up with fake allegations and witnesses to influence investigations and the subsequent trial of DP at the ICC.

He alleged that he was part of a team, including Ms Karua, that wrote to the ICC detailing who should be investigated for crimes against humanity arising from the 2007-2008 post election violence.

The MP claimed that together, they had recruited people to testify against.

However, Karua denied the allegation saying she was not involved in the investigations by the ICC in Kenya.

He said Ms Karua was the de facto leader of the Party of National Unity (PNU) when it was prosecuting its case before the Kriegler commission.

“The witnesses presented to Kriegler to show that PNU won were referred to me by Karua. She told me to secure accommodation for them,” said Kuria.