Mr. Petersson Murimi, a Kenyan currently facing deportation to Kenya after being stripped of his Swedish citizenship, has told KSB that a story circulated in the Internet by Mr. Clay Onyango alleging that he has never taken contact with KSB about his situation was a forgery.
Mr. Petersson called KSB to find out why the blog site had suddenly gone silent on the story and why KSB stopped taking contact with him without explanations. Apart from helping bring his case to light, KSB has also been purchasing air time for Mr. Petersson to help him communicate after he made an appeal to KSB.
When he was reminded about the story and circumstances under which it was circulated, he said that he knew nothing about it and that Clay was trying to mess up his situation for reasons he didn’t know.
“Clay called me one day and told me that he was going to Italy. He wanted to know why I was giving you (Osewe) details of my case which you were using to attack the Embassy and I told him that it was only you who was helping me with the case”, he said.
“I was shocked to read in the Internet that I had written to Clay and that he had published a letter in my name. I don’t know where he got what he wrote”, Mr. Petersson told KSB. Asked why Clay would create a story of that magnitude and at a time when he was in deep trouble, Mr. Petersson said that Clay has always had bad motives with Kenyans while pretending to be good.
“Look at what he has done to me. He has allowed Milton Obote to attack me because of reasons I don’t know. Who is Milton Obote to want to know why I am facing this situation and why is Clay using him?”, he posed.
Mr. Petersson challenged Clay to produce the letter he purportedly wrote and added that Clay has been doing a lot of damage to his case using underground channels.
He wondered how a fellow Kenyan could make a story about him containing false allegations, sign his name and circulate it in the Internet at a time when he is fighting his deportation from Sweden. He also wondered why the attack was directed at the only Kenyan whom he was relying on for help. “I know Clay does not like you because you write the truth. But why should he try to make my situation worse using fitina?, he posed.
Mr. Petersson also wondered why Clay had stolen his picture from KSB and published it at his blog when it was KSB that he entrusted with the responsibility of keeping the copyright of the picture. “My understanding is that if I was dealing with Clay, I could have given him a different picture”, he said.
CLAY TESTIMONY AT GERRY MIDENYO CASE
“If I wanted to give the story to Clay, I could have done so. I left him out because I know him. Tell Clay to pull down my picture from his blog including the story because I am not part of his dirty games”, he said. Mr. Petersson used to be good friends with Clay but they fell out for some unknown reasons.
KSB has not been able to comment on the Petersson story since it surfaced because we have been investigating the case. What is not clear is why Clay has decided to use huge fabrications and outright lies to attack KSB and me in particular using the Petersson case and without any provocation.
Mr. Petersson promised to grant a comprehensive interview to KSB as soon as I return to Stockholm in a few days from an external assignment. According to Mr. Petersson who sounded angry and upset, Clay could be on the Embassy’s pay role because he could not understand how Clay developed the guts to falsify the story. Petersson said that if Clay wants to joke around with his case, he will expose him because he knows all the criminal activities Clay has been involved in.
When reminded that he could sue Clay for defamation, he said that there was no need as he was still in custody. “The best way to deal with Clay is to tell Kenyans the truth about him”, he told KSB.
“I cannot deny that Clay called me and he has been doing so to find out why I am dealing with KSB. But I am not part of the letter he wrote and this is what I can stand for”, he said.
He thanked KSB for stopping his deportation and hoped that a “Defence strategy” that was stalled after the Clay lies were circulated would proceed. To prove that he stood by the publicity at KSB, Mr. Petersson said that he is ready for a video interview so that Kenyans and others interested can know the truth about the matter. He appealed to Kenyans in Stockholm to support him and ignore the likes of Clay whom, he said, are only interested in increasing other peoples sufferings.
Mr. Clay is known to have testified in a case in which Mr. Gerry Midenyo, a Kenyan based in Stockholm, was sent to prison for allegedly assaulting a Tanzanian national at a Kenyan Party. Responding to a story published at KSB about the case, Clay said that it was his responsibility to testify if he witnessed a crime.
Gerry claimed that Clay had been paid to testify against him and continues to hold grudges against Clay. KSB may have to recall the Gerry files from Swedish authorities to establish the truth about Clay’s role in the case although this is not a priority at the moment.
With the new developments, the Clay-Petersson battle may have escalated in many unexpected ways and KSB may have to dig deeper to unearth why Clay has decided to help in bringing down Mr. Petersson at this critical time and why the blogger “is looking for trouble” from KSB when all that we are doing is to show solidarity with Mr. Petersson. In the meantime, KSB’s Defence forces are moving to the boarder to await for further instructions from the Commander in Chief.