Boniface Mwangi Sued After WhatsApp Arguments


Activist Boniface Mwangi has been sued by a Magistrate following an altercation between the photojournalist and a Judicial officer’s Lawyer. 

According to Mwangi, what began as a normal WhatsApp chat soon escalated when the lawyer accused him of not being respectful to his client, the Magistrate.

Based on the posts that Mwangi shared on his X account, formerly known as Twitter, the Magistrate’s lawyer reached out to the Activist to serve him court documents. 

“A lawyer served me. Then he rushed to court to swear an affidavit with my exchanges with him after he had served me. 

Activist Boniface Mwangi being arrested by police on October 19, 2017


Boniface Mwangi

“Lawyers can be petty, we meet in court,” Boniface Mwangi acknowledged as he assured the Advocate of fierce legal battle. 

After the altercation, Mwangi claimed the Magistrate’s lawyer swore an affidavit presenting their WhatsApp conversations as evidence.

Mwangi’s problems started when he laid accusations against the Magistrate saying he committed unlawful acts and offenses.

Mwangi claimed complaints of corruption and misconduct had been made against the Magistrate but the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) failed to take action.

“Kenyans need to know that the Judicial Service Commission are protecting magistrates and judges accused of bias, misconduct, and corruption,” Mwangi claimed. 

The activist went on to publish documents that he termed evidence of the Magistrate’s offences. It was this series of accusations that prompted Judge to issue a warning letter and a subsequent suit. 

Following the lawsuit, a court order was issued to the activist by Milimani Courts Magistrate, Caroline Cheptoo Kemei, who barred Mwangi from publishing any content concerning the Judicial officer.

“It is hereby ordered that Interim orders to issue, restraining the defendants whether by themselves, their agents, servants, employees, or any person acting under their instructions from further disseminated statements concerning and in respect of the applicant,” the order read in parts. 

Mwangi and the Magistrate are expected to appear in court on September 14, 2023.

Milimani Law Courts that hosts a number of courts within the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).




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