Allan Namu's investigative story cost his wife her job

Felicien Kabuga story led to threats and turned out to be mistaken identity

In Summary

• Namu and family had to flee the country and she overstayed her leave days

John Allan Namu
John Allan Namu
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Investigative journalist John Allan Namu says his infamous NTV exposé on Felicien Kabuga cost his wife her job.

Speaking on NTV's 'Singleton Stories', Namu said his wife, Sheena Makena, was forced to take a three-month leave after threats against him were all over.

In 2011, Namu revealed he had received a tip that Felicien Kabuga, a then wanted criminal on the Rwandan genocide, was living in Kenya.

Felicien Kabuga is a Rwandan businessman and génocidaire who played a major role in the run-up to the Rwandan genocide.

"We go out and started following his trail, picking clues. I go back and share my evidence with my boss. It goes through the editorial committee and then I start to receive threats, some of my sources have been threatened," he said.

"For two months while I was doing a story here, my wife and two children at the time were in the safe house with me. I had to pull them out of kindergarten and my wife had to leave work to take care of them, which was a big deal."

Before the story aired, Namu's sources received threats and he was forced to secure his entire family as he worked on the story.

"She went on leave for the first month, then unpaid leave for the second month. Just as we were releasing the story, we took off to another country. While we were in hiding, she loses her job."

Namu said he later learnt that they had misreported the identity of the subject of the exposé after running the story.

He got a call from military sources about a presser hosted by the police at their headquarters.

"Here is this man, wearing the exact same T-shirt I had in that photograph, and it is a gentleman, a businessman from Isiolo. It hit me very hard because I wanted to do things right. The biggest story but I got wrong," he said.

Namu is the founder of African Uncensored, a media house that produces investigative stories for various media houses across the continent.

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