Kenyan lecturer in US and former NTV presenter denies exposing himself to a student in Wisconsin
A Kenyan lecturer in US is decrying media reports that have been circulating in Kenya regarding an incident where he was charged with lewd and lascivious behavior for allegedly exposing himself to a student near the University of Wisonsin-Madison campus.
The Kenyan blogs had picked up a story in a local Wisconsin paper in July which reported on a criminal complaint filed in Dane County Circuit Court.
Kennedy Walibora Waliaula, 47, of Madison, an assistant professor of African languages and literature, had been charged with the misdemeanor for allegedly exposing his genitals to the woman as he walked past her on North Charter Street mid-afternoon on July 10, according to the criminal complaint.
The ‘Siku Njema’ author and former NTV presenter denied that the incident ever happened and issued the following statement.
PRESS STATEMENT FROM KEN WALIBORA WALIAULA
There have been alarming reports in the media regarding allegations of lewd and lascivious conduct leveled against me in the State of Wisconsin, United States.
In Wisconsin, these allegations are a very serious sexual offence for which someone could face up to 5 years in prison and/or with a fine of up to US$ 10,000 and for which one may be required to be in the register of Sex Offenders for the rest of their life.
The press reports whose source is a Wisconsin newspaper have been widely circulated on the web, particularly in the US and Kenya. Moreover the allegations of admission based on the one-sided police report meant to help the prosecution, have been generally taken as irrefutable facts.
The police report, which mainly serves police interests, has been viewed as infallible as inspired writing. These allegations have been the basis for my prosecution and conviction in the court of adverse public opinion.
Unsurprisingly, the overarching assumption of innocence before being proven guilty has been thrown out of the window in my case. The same source of this ostensibly juicy story and the subsequent chain of outlets do not deign to report about the criminal proceedings and their outcome, presumably because these wouldn’t make for titillating reading.
Indeed, what the media circulating the frenzied reports have not reported is that criminal charges leveled against me were appropriately dropped on September 7, 2012 by the court. In other words, the case has ended without my being convicted of any criminal offence. The court determined that I am NOT the criminal the reports project me to be.
Inevitably the one-sided reports have done much harm to my family, friends, and loyal supporters, as they have excited my detractors for whom adversity to me is their greatest moments of joy.
Yet, I forgive all those who have not only believed the lies about me but have spread them through word of mouth, the microphone, or the click of the mouse. I harbor no bitterness or resentment against anyone who has enjoyed seeing or causing my anguish and agony, and most importantly, I sincerely thank all those who feel my pain in their hearts.
Ken Walibora Waliaula, Ph.D.