‘Bidco scandal’ was such a huge trend on twitter pushed by bloggers Cyprian Nyakundi (@C_Nyakundi) and Arthur Mandela (@xtianndela) alleging how the company grabbed some land in Uganda and so many indiscretions.
Join me from tomorrow to pressurize World Bank to stop funding BIDCO land-grabbing & environmental degradation in Uganda. #StopFundingBidco
— Cyprian, Is Nyakundi (@C_NyaKundiH) August 9, 2015
Other twitter bigshots Leon Lidigu (@Leonligu) and Abraham Mutahi joined in, adding more fuel to the scandal. It had two objectives: expose Bidco as land-grabbing company and stop World Bank from funding Bidco. In between they raised environmental issues and corporate social responsibility issues.
It is now emerging that the bloggers were threatening Bidco to benefit financially, a worrying trend among Kenya’s so called ‘twitter bigwigs’.
Bidco caged the two when it released an audio of the two soliciting funds from the company to a tune of Ksh. 50 million.
Blogger Nyakundi is facing another charge of causing public odium against Safaricom as a brand and was recently barred from publishing anything on the company.
To keen observers it is unlikely that an ordinary blogger can blackmail a blue chip company and demand 50m, there must be some wrong doing on the part of the company to enter into negotiations with whistle blowers/bloggers. The big question is >>> What is the real wrong doing on the part of BIDCO as we bay blood of the bloggers?
NOW i announce Joining officially in the BIDCO EXPOSE'. Truth is stubborn. Poor farmers are suffering. Vimal is laughing at our foolishness
— Mutai K. Abraham (@ItsMutai) August 13, 2015
— Leon Lidigu (@LeonLidigu) August 10, 2015