Journalists deny receiving Sh10 million to help protect Waiguru

Thursday February 18 2016

Some of the suspects charged over the NYS scandal at the Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi during the hearing of their case on February 16, 2016. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Some of the suspects charged over the NYS scandal at the Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi during the hearing of their case on February 16, 2016. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By PETER LEFTIE
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Two journalists accused of receiving Sh10 million to help protect a businesswoman linked to the NYS scandal have denied the claims.

Standard Group’s Mwaniki Munuhe and Maina Kamore of The Star newspaper separately denied receiving the money and maintained they do not know businesswoman Josephine Kabura.

Mr Munuhe, through a law firm, Ogetto, Otachi and Co. Advocates, denied any dealings with her and demanded that she retracts her claims. He demanded that she apologises to him by close of business Wednesday.

In a letter dated February 16, the firm termed the claims “false, wrongful and malicious” and calculated to injure Mr Munuhe’s reputation.

“The false, wrongful and malicious words constitute a serious affront on the character, standing and reputation of our client, which he has built painstakingly and scrupulously for years through hard work and commitment,” the letter stated in part.

TRUSTWORTHY REPORTER

Mr Kamore’s employer also came to his defence, saying it stands by all the stories it had published regarding the scandal.

“I have never been to Anne Waiguru’s home and we have never met face to face. If I stood before her today, she would not even be able to say who I am. I have also not received any money from Waiguru, Kabura or anyone else to kill or water down the NYS or any other story,” said Mr Kamore.

“Kamore even went to Kabura’s rural home in Murang’a to seek an interview with her parents. Kabura accused him of harassment and in November sent Kamore a lawyer’s letter warning him to desist from writing about her and the NYS transactions,” read his statement in part.

The Star Managing Editor Charles Kerich described Mr Kamore as a trustworthy reporter.

In her affidavit, Ms Kabura described how former Devolution CS Anne Waiguru allegedly invited her to her Runda home on August 26 last year and asked her to carry Sh10 million in cash.