Standard journalist Wahome Thuku (pictured, above) has been arrested. The journalist, who writes on legal issues, was picked this afternoon by CID officers from his office in unclear circumstances.

The writer had alluded to some banking fraud allegations against him on social media. Sources, however, say he has been arrested over claims of defaming Mukurwe-ini MP Kabando Wa Kabando on social media while commenting on the war against illicit brews.

“Two police officers from the CID have come to my office, interrogated me, taken my mobile phone hand set and asked me to accompany them to Parliament Police station. Bye,” Mr Thuku says on his Facebook page.

Mr Kabando reacted on social media, threatening to sue Mr Thuku.

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Around 12.30 he posted the following on his Facebook timeline.


 

“Now Isabel Githinji and I are being investigated for alleged banking fraud. It’s true. Around 11.06am, I received a call from a close relative telling me some anti-fraud officers had gone to see her at her workplace, to inquire how to get in touch with me. Apparently, they are investigating me, Isabel and another businessman over some fraud involving forgery of cheques, linked to CBA bank. A copy of my ID card has been traced somewhere along the chain. I almost burst in laughter but this relative of mine was quite shaken.

“The only thing I share with Isabel is her being my very first friend on fb and Kanu affiliation. And why would they go looking for my relatives ama (sic) they don’t know where to find me? Sure, I called Isabel to ask her about it and she laughed loudly, quickly concluding that it was a design to intimidate KANU supporters to silence.

“I’m 100% sure she doesn’t even know this other businessman. So I asked my relative to tell the said cops to call me or come and interrogate me at a specified location. It’s 12.24pm and they have not arrived. I’m about to start complaining about the laxity in their work because I pay taxes. This country is a big fraud itself. Now someone wants to make us famous so that we can easily win political seats. I can’t wait to meet them cops.”


 

Kenyans on social media have started a hashtag, #freeWahomeThuku.

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