Kenyan international midfielder Victor Wanyama is lining up a lawsuit against controversial blogger Arthur Mandela popularly known as Xtian Dela.
The Harambee Stars man also came out to strongly deny claims by a 19-year-old socialite that he had sexual relations with her. The socialite was hosted by the blogger through his Instagram Live.
“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.
“I have never met any party in the video. I strongly condemn the actions of both the woman in the video and the publisher of the video Arthur Mandela, via his Instagram account @Xtiandela, for encouraging the disparagement of character of the individuals based on false accusatory statements,” Wanyama stated in a press release.
He outlined his hard work to build his character and standing in society for his reputation to take a significant hit.
The former Tottenham Hotspur footballer declared that he would do whatever it takes to protect his image.
Defamation in Kenya is governed by the Defamation Act of Kenya which protects individuals from libel and slander.
“A statement is defamatory of the person of whom it is published if it tends to lower him/her in the estimation of right thinking members of society generally or if it exposes him/her to public hatred, contempt or ridicule or if it causes him to be shunned or avoided,” the law reads.
Dela is not new to controversy and has had multiple court cases over his content, some of which have led to his arrest.
In April 2020 the blogger was under the radar of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations for allegedly broadcasting obscene material in his show dubbed #ClubCovid, a reminiscent of American musician Tory Lanez’s ‘Quarantine‘ which took the internet by storm in April.
His show streamed via Instagram attracted a lot of controversial stars from across the world, including a section of Kenyans who were the subject of a backlash by every online fan, including fellow Kenyans.
Parents who filed a formal complaint at Muthaiga Police Station were concerned with the reportedly moral corruption and decadence brought by Mandela, apprehensive of the fact that teenagers and many other children around the country may be exposed to his “illegal and immoral activities”.
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