Nation writer Walter Menya spends a second night in police custody after being arrested in Nairobi on claims of “soliciting a bribe to write a damaging story.”
His lawyers James Orengo and Apollo Mboya however say there is more than meets the eye in this saga.
They have charged that Menya’s accuser, if indeed he received a bribe was also culpable of committing an offence.
Kennedy Koros alleges he gave Menya a bribe to publish a story!
According to police, the writer’s woes stem from a Friends of Jubilee Foundation article in the Sunday Nation under the title “Civil servants in JP foundation say all they want is to alleviate poverty”.
Police say they have not completed investigations into the bribery claims leveled against him by Kennedy Kiprotich Koros.
They claim they need more time to recover more materials on the story Menya wrote.
The officers plan to charge the writer with “demanding property with menace”.
Koros accuses Menya of soliciting cash to have the article published in the Sunday Nation.
Soft spoken writer
Menya’s woes have drawn sharp reactions from insiders who believe the soft spoken prolific writer was set up after investigating civil servants engaged in campaigning for Jubilee.
According to Mr Koros, the writer demanded KSh50,000 to have the story published.
He accuses the journalist of receiving Sh32,000 between June 15 and 17 through M-Pesa and police claim Menya was arrested on June 18 at 12.30pm as he went to meet Koros for the balance.
Senior Principal Magistrate Martha Mutuku directed that the journalsi be held upto 5.00am 20 June 2017 and be released if no charges would have been drafted against him.
The state wanted him detained for three days.