John Allan Namu reveals how his explosive documentary cost his wife her job

John Allan Namu with wife Sheena Makena

Award-winning investigative journalist John Allan Namu has opened up on how an explosive investigative piece on Felicien Kabuga led to his wife being dismissed from her work.

In a piece that was aired on NTV’s Singleton Stories on Sunday, April 11, the celebrated journalist recounted that Sheena Makena, was forced to take a three-month leave after threats against him became rampant in the wake of the investigative piece.

It all began in in 2011 when he got a tip that the then-wanted fugitive linked to the 1994 Rwanda Genocide was living in Kenya.

“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… Then I start to receive threats, some of my sources have been threatened.

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

Allan Namu and Sheena Makena

So severe were the threats that Namu had to move his family to a safe house as he completed the piece.

“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 (him and his family). While we were in hiding, she lost her job,” he recounted.

In an interesting twist, Namu disclosed that they later learnt that they had misreported on the identity of the subject of the exposé during a presser hosted by the police at their headquarters.

“Here is this man, wearing the exact same T-shirt that I had in that photograph and it is a businessman from Isiolo. It hit me very hard,” he noted.

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