Why my convoy was stoned in Dandora: Governor Kidero

Nairobi Governor Dr Evans Kidero [PHOTO/COURTESY]

Nairobi Governor Dr Evans Kidero has said the goons that attacked his convoy outside a Dandora church on Wednesday wanted handouts, but he refused to give in to their demands.

Three Mediamax employees Sarah Ndungu (People Daily reporter), Patrick Kimanthi (K24 cameraman) and Charles Mathai (People Daily photographer) were injured in the attack.

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.

“This should be condemned, 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 told eDaily.

Kidero says he was shocked by the incident and has wished the journalists a quick recovery.

The Kenya Union of Journalists (KUJ), through their Secretary General, Erick Oduor, also 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,” added Mr Oduor.


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