Walter Menya, an editor with the Nation, was apprehended on Sunday, June 18, after writing a story linking top public officers to a Jubilee campaign lobby.
According to the paper, the journalist was arrested after penning the story which touched on the Friends of Jubilee Foundation.
The story which was published yesterday, named three top public officers working for the campaign lobby registered as a foundation.
The foundation has been marred by controversies after it was discovered that its board members include top civil servants, after they organised a fundraiser which raised KSh 1 billion for Uhuru’s campaign.
However, the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet said in a statement later in the day that Menya was nabbed while soliciting for a bribe to kill the story.
“He has been demanding for money severally to kill the alleged story. At different times he has received a total of KSh35,000 through Mpesa and today he was arrested receiving Sh20,000,” Boinnet noted.
Menya wrote in the Sunday piece that the three public officers who sit on the foundation’s board are KRA Commissioner General John Njiraini, Energy PS Joseph Njoroge and Kenya Leather Development Council Board Titus Ibua.
The trio sits on the foundation’s board and are also said to be signatories to the foundation’s bank accounts, yet the law is against civil servants participating in political campaigns.
The reporter will appear in court today, Monday 19, amidst concerns by the giant media group about his safety and well being.
Soon after the arrest, Kenyans took to social media to defend Menya’s article claiming the bribery claims were malicious rumours.