Police in Meru have recorded a statement from a county employee who threatened to harm a Nation journalist for writing a story perceived to be against the devolved unit.
The man, who is in his late 20s, was Tuesday seized moments after Eastern regional police boss Eunice Kihiko held a day-long meeting with county police heads.
The Media Council of Kenya had in February written a protest letter to former Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet, urging him to take action following the threats.
Mr Marvin Kimathi alias Marvo Mzito is accused of writing a threatening message in December 2018 on a WhatsApp group christened “War Council”, detailing how he and others planned to harm Mr David Muchui.
In a series of messages which were shared by a whistle-blower, the man allegedly rallied his colleagues to physically harm the reporter and engage in a concerted smear campaign where they planned to edit Mr Muchui’s image to make him appear to be in a compromising or awkward situation.