Nation Media Group journalist, Walter Menya is in police custody after writing a story implicating top public officers involved in a Jubilee campaign lobby.
According to Nation, the journalist has been arrested in connection with a story touching on the Friends of Jubilee Foundation.
The story which was published on Sunday, June 18 questioned the role of three top public officers in the campaign lobby registered as a foundation.
The foundation whose board members include top civil servants came into the limelight after organising a fundraiser which raised KSh 1 billion for Uhuru’s campaign.
In a statement released by the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet, Menya was arrested while sociliting 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,” said Boinnet.
The foundation’s main objective is to ‘alleviate poverty, improve access to education, healthcare, water, sanitation, welfare services and campaign against alcohol and drug abuse in Kenya’ which is contrary to it’s current role.
According to Menya’s story published by the Nation, 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 three are listed as board members and signatories to the foundation’s bank accounts, yet it is illegal for senior civil servants to participate in campaigns.
It is just days since the National Super Alliance (NASA) listed civil servants participating in partisan politics demanding for legal action to be taken against them.