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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Journalist faces threats over Akaranga son divorce article

Grievances: Governor Moses Akaranga at Gisambai, Vihiga, on 28 August. His security officers are accused of threatening a journalist
Grievances: Governor Moses Akaranga at Gisambai, Vihiga, on 28 August. His security officers are accused of threatening a journalist

A Star newspaper journalist in Vihiga county has recorded a statement with the police after he allegedly received threats from Governor Moses Akaranga’s office on Wednesday.

Joseph Jamenya said the governor’s security warned him of dire consequences following a story published recently about the governor’s son, Ashton.

The story said Ashton was entangled in marital problems and his former wife has taken him to court for child upkeep.

Jamenya said: “The governor’s security has sent a warning to me....That watanigonga.”

He recorded a statement at Mbale police station on Thursday.

But the Governor’s director of press Peter Atsiaya said he is unaware of the threats.

“Who is that who threatened Jamenya? Where did it happen. Today or when? Please let me know so that I address the matter with the governor during a press review,” Atsiaya said.

He apologised, saying the governor does not support threats to journalists.

In the case, Ashton’s ex-wife Emelda Mutuku says she was kicked out of her matrimonial home in April.

Mutuku says Ashton has taken over every property they co-owned, including an upcountry house they built in Vihiga.

She wants the court to order Ashton to pay for the upkeep of the children, school and medical expenses.

Ashton accuses Mutuku of sending him “offensive” videos.

He says he pays for the children’s upkeep even though Mutuku has moved in with another man.

Ashton wants equal custody of the children.

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