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Tuesday, 4 November 2014


Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku has given lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi an ultimatum to retract damaging claims on Twitter linking him to a land grabbing saga in Narok and Kajiado Counties. Lenku through lawyer Donald Kipkorir, also lodged a criminal complaint against Abdullahi with recommendations that he be arrested and charged for misuse of social media.

The letter is copied to the Inspector General of Police and the Director of Public Prosecutions, Solicitor General Njee Muturi and CID Director. The Cabinet Secretary says the posts portray him as a person who does not understand or respect law among nine issues raised. Ahmedinasir replied to the letter and said he will not apologise or withdraw the comments. “The content of the said letter and more so the demand herein is utter nonsense, I stand by justifiable every word of what I tweeted.

What reputation or character are you talking about?”, he asked in the letter to Kipkorir. See also: Lenku, Kimaiyo bid to solve riddle of AP officers' killings by bandits hits snag According to the demand letter by Kipkorir, some of the tweets said in part: “Where does one turn to when the Cabinet Secretary in charge of security Ole Lenku storms and takes over your land ala Mugabe style.

Abdullahi has accused Lenku of deploying GSU officers to disputed land with intentions of grabbing it. “Yesterday and today ole Lenku with 500 Maasai warriors and 75 GSU officers took over by force Nguruman farm. He arrested all 76 workers.” “Ole Lenku is doing this because the farm is part owned by Kenyans of European decent. He called the owner and told them he will deport him.” The tweets added: “

This is what happens when a doorman in a 2 star hotel becomes in (sic) Cabinet Secretary in charge of his nation’s security.”  “In using the said words, on their natural meaning, you meant and was understood to mean that our client (Lenku) is a criminal, unqualified to be Cabinet Secretary and is misusing police for personal gain,” reads part of the letter.

Lenku says the tweets shows he does not respect the rule of law, court orders, engages in racial discrimination is a land grabber, misusing police for personal gain and is unqualified in his position. He demanded that Ahmedinasir deletes the tweets and all re-publications online and a public apology before they discuss a quantum payable to him. The issue surrounds two parcels of land, which Ahmedinasir claims have been grabbed.