Three Mediamax employees Sarah Ndungu (People Daily reporter), Patrick Kimanthi (K24 cameraman) and Charles Mathai (People Daily photographer) were injured in Dandora when rowdy youth stoned Nairobi Governor, Evans Kidero’s, convoy.
Ms Ndung’u suffered a deep cut in the head and was rushed to Nairobi Hospital for treatment. The three were driving in a vehicle which was right behind Kidero’s convoy.
Police were forced to shoot in the air to disperse the irate youth.
Reports claim that the youth stoned Kidero’s convoy after the Governor failed to give handouts, which they had high expectations of receiving.
The Kenya Union of Journalists (KUJ), through their Secretary General, Erick Oduor, has condemned the attack on the Mediamax journalists linking the aggression to youth believed to be supporters of Senator Mike Sonko.
“We wish to inform the politicians that any violence against journalists shall not be tolerated. KUJ will seek legal redress against such primitive acts and will launch campaigns for media blackouts against politicians using violence on their messengers as their campaign tools,” warned Mr Oduor in a statement to newsroom.
“Journalists have no role in political rivalries between Dr Kidero and his opponents and therefore their safety must be guaranteed by the organizers of the political rallies.”
Governor Evans Kidero has also condemned the attack on Mediamax journalists.
“Journalists should be protected from hooliganism, and they were stoned because I did not give money. Let it be known I will never give handouts.”
Kidero says he was shocked by the incident and has wished the journalists a quick recovery.