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Company Demands Ksh4.8B From NMG Over COVID-19 Vaccine Exposé


The firm is also seeking court orders barring the media house from publishing defamatory words.

A company involved in the importation of the Russian-manufactured Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine in Kenya has demanded Nation Media Group (NMG) to pay Ksh4.8 billion in compensation.

The firm, Dinlas Pharma EPZ Limited is also seeking court orders barring the media house from publishing defamatory words.

In documents filed in court, the pharmaceutical manufacturing company claimed that following the exposé publication titled ‘Ghosts of Covid millionaires in Russian vaccine import‘, the company had suffered a loss of Ksh4.8 billion.

Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine. /DAILY NATION

“Daily Nation of 2nd April 2021 the defendants jointly and severally printed or caused to be printed or caused to be published the following words defamatory of the plaintiff…,” reads court papers seen by Citizen Digital.

The company, through lawyer Donald Kipkorir, further claimed that the words used in the news item had labelled the company as corrupt and that Dinlas is part of the companies that made corrupt supplies to KEMSA and is being investigated by Parliament.

Further, the company argued that the consequences of the said publication and printing have cost its business reputation and led to public embarrassment.

The company wants the court to issue a permanent injunction that bars the media house from further publishing or causing to be published words defamatory to the company.

The exposé highlighted the chain of events that occurred after a consignment of 75,000 doses of Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine arrived at Mombasa port on Sunday, March 21, one year and a week after the first COVID-19 case was reported in the country.

Days later, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe imposed a ban on the private sector importation distribution and administration of the COVID-19 vaccine, that took effect on Friday, April 2.

The ban was to last until a period when there is greater transparency as well as accountability of the whole process.

“The government is effective today closing the window of private sector importation, distribution and administration of vaccines until such a time when it is confident that there is greater transparency and accountability in the entire process,” CS Kagwe announced during a media briefing at Afya House.

He also banned the licensing of private sectors in the importation of vaccines, with any such licence given terminated.

“The only agent for vaccination in Kenya will remain the government of the Republic of Kenya until further notice,” announced Kagwe.

In addition, anyone charging for the COVID-19 vaccine is in contravention of the Poisons Board regulations and will be liable for prosecution.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe. /FILE



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