Author: Winnie Mabel
– A number of Daily Nation’s journalists’ lives are in danger
– This is after billionaire recluse Jimmy Wanjigi tweeted that he’d discovered their names and would make them gnash their teeth
– Daily Nation published series of articles about Wanjigi’s controversial wealth, his personal life as well as the scandals he allegedly helped orchestrate to fleece the public of their monies
A battle is in the offing between Nation Media Group journalists and billionaire recluse Jummy Wanjigi who is said to be the financier of the National Super Alliance’s presidential campaigns ahead of the August poll.
An article appearing in the Daily Nation on Tuesday, July 4, said Wanjigi had taken to social media to threaten a number of journalists days after a series of articles on his wealth, personal life and scandals were published in their newspaper.
TUKO.co.ke sought to verify this article and came across the tweet an account liked to Wanjigi sent out. The active account with posts inclined to favoring NASA was last updated on Monday, July 3, with a warning to journalists:
— Jimmy Wanjigi (@JimmyWanjigi) July 3, 2017
All the Wanjigi exposes had been published under the byline ‘Nation Team’.
The newspaper had previously published that Wanjigi had helped establish a parallel tallying center for NASA in another country as well as linked him to the Goldenberg scandal and the initial planning of the Standard Gauge Railway that led to his fallout with UhuRuto.
They also branded him a tenderprenuer billionaire who amassed his wealth cutting multi-billion deals on behalf of companies, especially those from China working on various infrastructure in Kenya.
For fear of the lives, the nation publishers feared calling Wanjigi for clarification of his alleged tweet considering how they have exposed his dealings over the past few days.
“The investigative articles were part of a Nation campaign- the Nation 10 point Agenda- to expose and fight corruption and State capture, as well as convince parties to build anti-corruption platforms going into the election,” defended the newspaper.