18 June 2017

Kenya: NMG Writer Arrested Over Story On Civil Servants in Politics

Photo: Daily Nation
Nation Media Group's Walter Menya.

Police on Sunday evening said they were holding Nation reporter Walter Menya for allegedly soliciting a bribe to write a damaging story.
The statement said he had “been severally (sic) demanding money to kill the alleged story”.

The police did not say from whom he had been demanding the money. He will be taken to court on Monday, the police statement signed by Spokesman George Kinoti said.

Police did not say what charges he will be facing.

Earlier Jubilee bloggers had a field day, posting pictures of a handcuffed Mr Menya, taken inside CID Headquarters, a protected area where photography is prohibited, and inside the police vehicle.

UNCLEAR CIRCUMSTANCES

In the Sunday Nation this week, Mr Menya wrote a story about the Friends of Jubilee Foundation through which senior civil servants are illegally participating in the campaigns.

Nation Media Group, through a spokesman, said the circumstances surrounding Mr Menya’s arrest were unclear and they were waiting for further information from the police.

“We wish to reaffirm our commitment to press freedoms and zero tolerance on any unethical behaviour in accordance with our editorial policy. We request quick clarification on the facts surrounding Mr Menya’s arrest and thank all our readers and stakeholders for their continued loyalty and support,” said Mr Clifford Machoka, Head of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs.

By the time of publishing this story, police had not released details about where they were holding him.

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