Kenya’s Daily Nation’s Parliamentary Editor John Ngirachu has been released from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters after recording a statement in the presence of his two lawyers.
Mr Ngirachu had been arrested on Tuesday afternoon at Parliament in Nairobi for reporting on procurement by the Interior ministry.
His story was carried in the Nation, East and Central Africa’s largest-circulation daily newspaper.
The reporting was based on the proceedings of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the National Assembly.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Maj-Gen (Rtd) Joseph Nkaissery had said Mr Ngirachu would be released when he reveals the source of the information he used to write his story.
Mr Nkaissery was speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, soon after Mr Ngirachu’s arrest.
Mr Ngirachu was held at the DCI headquarters at Mazingira House, off Kiambu Road in Nairobi.
On Thursday, the Cabinet secretary blamed Parliament for releasing confidential information to the media, saying it exposed the government’s security capacity and capabilities.
He said his team presented the information to the PAC in camera as provided for in law.
A social media campaign seeking Mr Ngirachu’s release, #FreeNgirachu, was on Tuesday evening the top trending topic on Twitter.
SOURCE: AFRICA REVIEW