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Kenyan socialite held in Ghanaian jail over drug trafficking

A Kenyan socialite Peninah Lema Munyithya, popularly known as Pesh, is being held in jail in Kumasi, Ghana, after she was arrested for drug trafficking, Nairobi News can confirm.

Pesh, who rose to fame after sharing nude photos that trended on social media, was arrested in July last year at an airport in Ghana moments after landing in the West African country.

The case is ongoing.

Speaking exclusively to Nairobi News on Monday, Kenya’s acting High Commissioner in Nigeria Silas Kiragu confirmed the arrest of the socialite.

The confirmation was obtained for Nairobi News through communication with Kenya’s consular office in Ghana.

“Peninah Lema Munyithya was arrested on July 9, 2015 for drug trafficking and according to the records at our office, by March 2016 her case was still ongoing and she was yet to be sentenced,” Mr Kiragu told Nairobi News on phone from Nigeria.


Mr Kiragu added that there are four more Kenyans are being held in prisons across Ghana over charges related to drug trafficking.

He told Nairobi News that the first recorded drug trafficking case involving a Kenyan in Ghana was in 2009. The case has since been concluded and the offender completed their term and released.

“Lema’s case and a more recent one of September 2015 are the ongoing cases, that is, awaiting sentencing. The case of 2009, the sentence was served and completed, while three are yet to complete their sentence,” added Mr Kiragu.

Pesh is currently remanded in a jail in Kumasi awaiting to be sentenced.

She launched her socialite career in January 2015 with nudes on Twitter and Facebook.

She enjoyed seven months of fame as a socialite which saw her posting photos of her travels across different cities in the world.

Her last post on Facebook was in July 2015 that stated, “Thanks to God dreams coming tru…. another holiday for her majesty. #Ghana.”