Meru County staff on the spot over threats to ‘Nation’ reporter

Wednesday April 17 2019

Marvin Kimathi alias Marvo Mzito

Marvin Kimathi alias Marvo Mzito who is accused of threatening a Nation journalist for writing a story perceived to be against the Meru County government. He was arrested on April 16, 2019 and later released on police bond after recording a statement. PHOTO | COURTESY 

CHARLES WANYORO
By CHARLES WANYORO
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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.

THREATENING MESSAGE

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.