Arrest of NMG writer Walter Menya stirs a storm
A presidential candidate in the August elections has promised to “follow up” on the dramatic arrest of Sunday Nation writer Walter Menya on Sunday.
Thirdway Alliance presidential candidate Ekuru Aokot made this declaration on his official Twitter page.
Mr Menya is said to have been lured into an arrest trap by an anonymous caller at around Nation Centre on Sunday.
— #Ekuru4President2017 (@EAukot) June 18, 2017
The soft spoken journalist’s arrest and detention is understood to be in relation to an article he penned in the Sunday Nation, which implicated civil servants for being actively involved in the Friends of Jubilee Foundation.
In his story, Mr Menya reported that three top public officers are among registered officials of a political campaign lobby group affiliated to the ruling Jubilee Party.
“In recent weeks,” he reported, “the Opposition, the Commission on Administrative Justice and the Law Society of Kenya have sounded warning against government employees being involved in partisan politics.”
The Friends of Jubilee Foundation also includes the who’s who in the corporate world who are all supporting the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto.
Meanwhile, the public shared mixed online reactions in the wake of Menya’s arrest.
Those accusing Walter Menya of soliciting a bribe, where is the evidence? Can you post it? https://t.co/1jljLDiiiR
— Bea Covfefe Samuel (@BEAYAHUS) June 18, 2017
Below is the reason why Walter Menya was arrested. pic.twitter.com/Kfo8yvR0wX
— #SuperDadsKE (@lagaless) June 18, 2017