Mary Wambui Mungai, the Chairperson of the Communications Authority, has threatened to sue Nation Media Group (NMG) for implicating her company, Purma Holdings, in the Kenya National Trading Company (KNTC) food imports scandal.

In response to NMG’s Saturday publication linking her company to the KNTC’s Sh22 billion food imports, Wambui denies any involvement and has threatened legal action unless the story is pulled down and an apology tendered.

In a letter sent through Mwaniki Gachoka & Company Advocates to NMG, Wambui’s lawyers demand a retraction and an apology for the allegations.

“The publication was done in a reckless and negligent manner resulting in serious injury to our client’s reputation,” the letter states. “The aforesaid allegations are libelous and have injured our client’s reputation and credit, exposing her to ridicule, odium, and contempt. As a result, our client has suffered and continues to suffer immense loss and damage.”

Wambui wants NMG to pull down the publication from its website and social media pages and issue an unconditional and unequivocal apology in a manner similar to the defamatory publication.

She further demands that NMG cease and desist from making any further defamatory allegations or statements about her. Failure to comply will result in a defamation lawsuit, her lawyers have warned.

Wambui denies the allegations of abuse of her office and using government connections for personal gain.

She accuses the publication of portraying her as corrupt, dishonest, and fraudulent, insisting that her company, Purma Holdings, had no contract to supply rice, beans, and edible oils to KNTC.

By Fred Azelwa.