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Parastatal chief charged for threatening Newspaper editor

03 March 2015, 22:02 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – The Geothermal Development Corporation (GDC) Deputy Corporate Manager, Eric Wamanji Ndungu has been charged with sending a text message threatening to kill The Star Newspaper Managing Editor, Charles Kerich.

Ndungu appeared before a Nairobi court Resident Magistrate, Miriam Mugure for allegedly sending a warning message to Kerich following the newspaper’s continued coverage of corruption at the corporation and was released on KES 100000 cash bail or KES 200000 bond after denying the charges.

Ndungu’s threatening message read, “It high time you stop publishing those stupid GDC stories or we silence you once and for all in our own way. Kwani (Did) Simiyu ate your mother’s money. He is in power to stay, he has all the blessings from the house on the hill and you will never fight him even with a million stories.”  

The prosecution revealed that the incident occurred on February 11, 2015 along Ring Road in Westlands where the Ndungu is said to have sent the message through an unregistered Airtel Simcard that was then tracked by CID officers to nap the accused.

The accused who was arrested on March 2 was paraded before resident Magistrate Miriam Mugure where he denied the charges. The case will be heard on April 28, 2015.

The Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission is carrying out investigations into GDC’s claimed irregularities for action to be taken.

The corporation is accused of blowing billions of shillings through corrupt deals and fake award of tenders to unregistered companies.

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