Lee Njiru Fights to Keep Control of Former President Daniel Moi's Press Office

  • Former President Daniel Arap Moi's long-serving Press Secretary Lee Njiru has revealed that his life could be in danger after a government driver recorded a statement with Police accusing him of being in possession of a state vehicle illegally.

    Peter Ng'etich told police at Menengai Police Station, Rongai in Nakuru County that Njiru was not entitled to the vehicle 'as he was retired'.

    From the statement recorded on on October 9, 2017, it has also emerged that the former President's Personal Secretary John Lokorio issued orders to reposess the vehicle.

    Njiru, however, hit back disclosing that operatives were being used by powerful individuals to weaken his grip on the ex-President's press office and asserted that his life could be in danger as a result of the statement.

    “Police might even shoot me, believing that l was a thief illegally possessing a government vehicle yet l am still a civil servant...

    [caption caption="Lee Njiru"][/caption]

    “I want to make it very clear that I am still former President Daniel arap Moi’s press secretary. I am aware of some operatives being used by some prominent people to insinuate that I have retired, but I am ready for them," he told Nation.

    His contract was extended to June 3, 2020 as evidenced by a letter from then State House Comptroller Lawrence Lenayapa dated June 5, 2017.

    “I wish to convey to you the decision of the Public Service Commission that your appointment as a personal assistant/press secretary in the office of the first President of Kenya has been renewed for a further period of three years,” it read in part.

    Njiru joined the Presidential Press Unit (PPU) in 1976 aged 28 as President Jomo Kenyatta's Information Officer, and stayed on in the Moi era after developing a close personal friendship with the 2nd President.

    He dismissed those allegedly out to tarnish his name as he reiterated his years of service to the Presidency.

    “I have built a reputation as an upright, loyal and diligent civil servant for the last 43 years, 41 of which l have served the Presidency from 1977. Those being used to soil my name should be ashamed,” he stated.

    [caption caption="A recent photo of President Daniel Moi, Baringo Senator Gideon Moi and some doctors recently released by Lee Njiru"][/caption]

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