The founder of the Movement Against Abuse in Churches, Solomon Ashoms, told Daily Sun Bishop Israel Makamu is threatening to sue him.
He’s not sure which posts the bishop is talking about, but he’ll get his lawyers to defend him.
Ashoms did posts after the bishop’s audio post that went viral, where he allegedly asked for a poke. The bishop said he was asking for keys and not a poke.
Solomon received a letter on 21 May from Makamu’s lawyers demanding, among other things, that Ashoms tells them at which police station, and the case number, he helped a victim to register a case. The letter states the case is now sub judice.
“We demand that you delete, retract and take down posts from all your social media pages which make further comments on the reported matter,” says the letter.
The letter says Ashoms’ comments tarnish the image of the bishop, who’s not been charged with any wrongdoing. It gave Ashoms time to respond by 21 May, which was last Friday, to comply with demands.
“Failure to do this will result in a multi-faceted lawsuit against you in which you shall be liable for costs on an attorney scale including costs of counsel,” threatens the letter.
“Instead of Makamu trying to reconcile with the family, he wants to sue me for helping the victim.
I’ve said that I’m ready to help him facilitate a meeting with the family if he’s willing to apologize to them privately.”
Ashoms reavealed he responded on the same day asking about which posts the lawyers were talking about. “I told them I can’t delete any post as they didn’t specify which posts they were talking about,” said Ashoms.
He said the letter also doesn’t specify the publications that he needs to take down.
Makamu said he can’t discuss the matter as it’s in the hands of his lawyers. He’s claimed the girl was 18 when he is accused of having made sexual advances.
She claims Makamu touched her inappropriately.