July 25th 2017

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Nation writer Walter Menya to remain in custody for another day

Further, the court was told that the recovered money and the clothes that Mr Menya was wearing at the time were to be submitted to the government lab for examination

By Joshua Mwangangijmwangangi@kenyafreepress.comMonday, 19 Jun 2017 19:05 EAT

Nation reporter Walter Menya.

Nation reporter Walter Menya will remain in police custody a second day after police sought for more time to conclude investigations against him over bribery claims concerning a sensitive story he wrote. A Nairobi court today ordered the Nation Media Group journalist to be detained at the Muthaiga Police Station for a day and be released by 5pm tomorrow, Tuesday June 20, 2017.

Mr Menya, through his lawyers James Orengo and Tom Mboya, had opposed the application by prosecution to detain him for three days saying it had no merit and that it was in bad faith. Mr Orengo questioned why the complainant Kennedy Kiprotich Koros had not also been arraigned in court as well to face bribery charges. “The so called complainant does not feature in the story. We have not been told what his interest in the story published,” said Mr Orengo, adding that Mr Koros was equally culpable for giving the alleged bribe.

Mr Menya did not answer to any charges after the prosecution applied to have him detained for a period of three days. The police claim that Mr Menya was arrested after Mr Koros reported him for demanding Sh50,000 so that he could publish a story in the Sunday Nation newspaper. Investigating officer Moses Gituathi claimed that during the arrest, Mr Menya was found in possession of Sh20,000 which was treated for the purpose of evidence collection after the report was made and that it was kept as evidence.

Further, the court was told that the recovered money and the clothes that Mr Menya was wearing at the time were to be submitted to the government lab for examination. Mr Koros alleged that Mr Menya received Sh32,000 through M-Pesa on different dates between June 15th and June 17th 2017. According to the affidavit presented before the court, Mr Menya was arrested when he went to the complainant to collect the balance after the desired story was published.

“From the foregoing, it is clear that the applicants investigations are incomplete and requires more time,” claimed the prosecution.

The Kenya Union of Journalists were expected to hold protests today in a show of solidarity with Menya. The march will begin outside Nation Centre in the CBD. Claiming Menya was set up, KUJ secretary general Eric Oduor said journalists must say 'no' to intimidation. "All journalists must come out to say 'no' to intimidation and show solidarity with Walter Menya who was arrested after a setup."

Nation also protested intimidation saying Menya was arrested following a story he penned in the company's Sunday newspaper. “Our colleague Walter Menya was arrested in the most callous way. He was trapped by a man he had known as a source who asked to meet and have tea in town. Unfortunately Walter was at Metropolitan hospital in Buruburu and the man identified as Korros, volunteered to meet him there.

“At the hospital they had a chat with the man for some few minutes before he was accosted by cops who demanded that they go to his house. When he refused to show them his residence, he was assaulted then bungled into another car where they offered him a newspaper. Inside the paper there was 20000 shillings in an envelop”, Standard Journalist Geoffrey Mosoku posted on his Facrbook Page.

He added that after taking pictures they headed straight to CID headquarters. “At one time, one cop casually threatened to 'malizia' him at Karura forest. “The pictures of Walter was conveniently leaked to Jubilee bloggers led by one Pauline Njoroge who posted them online after breaking the story of his arrest. The cops kept moving with a handcuffed Walter around Nairobi from 11am yesterday to midnight when he was eventually booked at Muthaiga police station” said Mosoku.

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