Kello Harsama, the Principal Secretary for Crop Development, has vehemently denied the allegations surrounding his son’s purported arrest in Murang’a with a firearm and 13 bullets.
The Agriculture PS has further expressed intentions to sue Nation.Africa over what he deems as a defamatory news piece.
The article by Nation media on Tuesday, 22 August, asserted that a certain Roba Kellio Philip, identified as the PS’s son, had been apprehended in Murang’a while in possession of a gun allegedly on behalf of his father.
Harsama however immediately released a statement categorically dismissing the report as baseless. He further stated that the news article was aimed at maligning his reputation.
“This is nothing but a malicious attempt by the Nation newspaper. They will be required to substantiate every aspect of their narrative with factual evidence. I have already engaged my legal counsel, and we are initiating legal proceedings to address this case of libel. We are committed to seeking reparation for this injustice,” stated Harsama.
NIS tracking ‘armed’ individuals
According to the Nation’s publication, Kellio Philip’s alleged tracking commenced from Isiolo town. The tracking was prompted by a National Intelligence Service (NIS) briefing indicating that three individuals had boarded a vehicle, with one allegedly armed and displaying unruly behavior.
The car was reportedly intercepted in Murang’a, leading to the detention of its occupants for interrogation.
Amid the incident, concerns emerged regarding the authenticity of Kellio Philip’s firearm license. According to the news article, the firearm’s license is purported to belong to Kellio’s father.
The news report further mentioned the discovery of two missing bullets. Despite this development, the trio was subsequently released after being questioned, allowing them to continue their journey.
If the allegations are validated, this occurrence would not be an isolated event involving a prominent figure’s firearm-related issues.
In May 2022, the son of Nominated Member o Parliament (MP) David Sankok died after allegedly shooting himself in the head. The incident occurred at Sankok‘s Narok home.