Walter Menya a writer with Kenya’s news paper the Sunday Nation has been arrested over an article that exposed Kenya’s senior civil servants involvement into fundraising for Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee party. The story was published in today’s [Sunday] edition.
However the police says he was arrested for soliciting a bribe to kill the same story.
“He has been demanding for money severally to kill the alleged story. At different times he has received a total of Sh35,000 ($338) through M-pesa (mobile telephone transfer) and today he was arrested receiving Sh20,000 ($193),”
Read part of the statement from Kenya’s Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet,
In the article the Journalist exposed involvement of 3 public servants into a Jubilee party campaign lobby ‘Friends of Jubilee foundation’ that is striving to ensure president Uhuru gets another five year term
The Foundation headed by corporates led by the country’s tycoons recently raised at least Sh1Billion within less than two hours
Among the exposed is Kenya Revenue Authority Commissioner General John Njiraini who the opposition wants charged over involvement in campaigns.
The journalist in the article revealed that he has enough documents to prove Mr Njiraini is a signatory to the foundation’s Equity bank account with Energy Ministry permanent secretary Joseph Njoroge and the Kenya Leather Development Commission Board Chairman Titus Ibui who is the foundation’s secretary
Sport Pesa tycoon Paul Ndung’u, Bamburi Cement chairperson John Simba, Equity Bank Founder Peter Munga and former CMC director Joel Kibe are also top guns in the lobby.
The Commission on Administrative Justice, the Law Society of Kenya have in recent days just as the opposition raised an alarm over the involvement of public servants in the ruling party’s campaigns.
Mr Njiraini denied being part of the 1 billion fundraiser as a public servant and insisted he attended in his individual capacity and not as the Kenya Revenue Authority general.
The reporter is expected to appear in court on Monday.