On Wednesday, January 26th 2017, three journalists from President Uhuru Kenyatta-affiliated Mediamax Networks sustained injuries when goons hurled stones at a convoy belonging to Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero in crime-prone Dandora estate in Nairobi.
Reports later emerged linking the violence to Nairobi Senator and gubernatorial aspirant Mike Mbuvi Sonko.
It was alleged that Sonko had paid off the hooligans to disrupt Kidero’s convoy.
Kidero said in a statement that journalists should be protected from hooliganism.
“They were stoned because I did not give money. Let it be known that I will never give handouts,” he said.
However, Senator Sonko has distanced himself from the allegations, taking the Kenya Union of Journalist to task for linking him with the incident.
Reads Sonko’s press release:
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“It is with deep shock that the Kenya Union of Journalists has today without verifying facts linked me to the violence that erupted during a political meeting convened by Dr. Evans Kidero in Dandora estate. I wish to first condemn such acts of hooliganism and violence against innocent journalists who were on assignment. I wish them quick recovery. However, I wish to challenge KUJ for failing to carry out serious investigations on who might have invited the youths against the journalists. Rushing to mention me without any meaningful investigations is only meant to tarnish my good name and to portray me as a violent leader. It is very unfortunate that my name is being dragged into this silly incident yet by the time this was happening I was with H.E the president in Kitui, Embu, Runyenjes, Siakago and Kirinyaga for the voter’s registration exercise. KUJ must stop issuing such fabricated, malicious and baseless allegations and attempting to link me with the Dandora incident is truly unfortunate. KUJ must face reality, uphold professional ethics and carry out investigations into this matter rather than rushing to condemn me as having incited the youths.I know KUJ is seeking relevance using this incident by dragging my name into it rather than fighting for the rights of journalists. I urge the Kenya Police Service to move with speed and investigate this matter to its logical conclusion and culprits brought to book.”