Harambee Stars captain and Montreal Impact midfielder Victor Wanyama has finally sued teenage socialite Shakilla and blogger Xtian Dela. This follows a failure by the duo to offer a public apology to him over claims made by Shakilla on Xtian’s Instagram show that the former Tottenham Hotspurs man had sexual relations with her.
Wanyama issued an official statement a few weeks back to address the matter. He strongly condemned the actions of Shakila and revealed that he was taking legal action over the fabricated and insulting allegations.
“My attention has been drawn to a video circulating online containing false, fabricated and insulting allegations aimed at scandalizing my good name and reputation.
I wish to distance myself completely from the contents of this defamatory video. The allegations made therein are a total fabrication and a figment of the maker’s imagination at best” said Wanyama back then.
“I am prepared to go to great lengths to protect my good name and character. Consequently and with the blessing of my management team, I have instructed my legal team to pursue ALL legal remedies available to me and to which I have unreserved right to seek” he added.
Well, he has now moved to court and a hearing date for the case has been set for 10, November, 2020 at the Milimani Law Courts at 9.00 am.
According to the Kenya Law website, “defamatory matter” is defined as a “matter likely to injure the reputation of any person by exposing him to hatred, contempt or ridicule, or likely to damage any person in his profession or trade by an injury to his reputation; and it is immaterial whether at the time of the publication of the defamatory matter the person concerning whom the matter is published is living or dead.” (Id. art. 195.)
The general punishment imposed on conviction for a misdemeanor, including defamation, is a maximum of two years in prison and/or a fine. (Id. art. 36.)