Scribe Walter Menya to spend another night behind bars

NMG editor Walter Menya when he was arraigned in Milimani on June 19, 2017. PHOTO: COURTESY
NMG editor Walter Menya when he was arraigned in Milimani on June 19, 2017. PHOTO: COURTESY

Nation Media Group writer Walter Menya will spend a second night in police custody after a Nairobi court granted police more time to conclude investigations against him over alleged bribery allegations.

On Monday, the Nairobi court ordered the Nation journalist Menya to be detained at the Muthaiga Police Station for a day and be released by 5pm on Tuesday.

Mr Menya, through his lawyer, 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 arraigned to face bribery charges.

“The so called complainant does not feature in the story. We have not been told what’s his interest in the story published,” said Mr Orengo, adding that Mr Koros was equally culpable for giving the alleged bribe.

Mr Menya was arraigned on Monday but 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 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.

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