My son was not arrested at JKIA - Treasury CS clarifies

Fake news alert

Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani with fellow politicians from the North Eastern region during a recent press address

Treasury Cabinet Secretary (CS) Ukur Yatani has issued a statement on the alleged arrest of his son, Ibrae.

Noting that two well-known bloggers perpetuated the now confirmed fake news, CS Yatani termed the reports as malicious.

The two bloggers - Robert Alai and Cyprian Nyakundi - had alleged that Ibrae had been arrested over a large sum of money while leaving the country at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

The bloggers went on to suggest that the CS's son was a pawn in a grand corruption.

While responding to the allegations, CS Yatani stated that the rumour had been designed to malign his family's name.

He added that he will be moving to court against the bloggers over the fake report.

"The social media reports by Alai and Nyakundi that one of my sons was arrested at the airport is false, malicious and utter nonsense.

"It’s sad to note the extent heartless individuals can go to besmirch an innocent family’s reputation to achieve an end. We shall meet with them in court," the CS insisted.

Online attack against CS Yatani

The fake report appeared to be a concerted effort to paint CS Yatani as a corrupt government officials with unsubstantiated links to a scandal that saw his predecessor dismissed from the cabinet position.

The CS has become a person of interest and a target for political propaganda after he and a section of leaders from the North-Eastern parts of Kenya formed a political outfit called "Upya" ahead of the 2022 General Election.

In a recent press address where they made the announcement, the leaders stated that the movement was formed for the benefit of communities from the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL).

"We’ve unanimously agreed that we are going to take ourselves seriously for the benefit of our people and speak in one voice to ensure that we will not be left behind in the current political discussions," CS Yatani stated during the presser.

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