The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keriako Tobiko has directed the Inspector General of Police to begin investigations into the assault of journalists at the Wiper Party Headquarters in Nairobi.
Through the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Nicholas Mutuku, Tobiko asked Joseph Boinnet on Wednesday (1/11/17) to ensure that those involved are arrested immediately and charged.
“I am directed by the Director of Public Prosecutions, to direct you to immediately and urgently commence thorough investigations into the incident and ensure those found culpable and /or responsible are arrested and arraigned before court under the relevant provisions of the Penal Code,” stated Mutuku in the letter.
Francis Gachuri of Citizen TV and NTV’s Jane Gatwiri were mishandled by National Super Alliance (NASA) supporters while they were covering an event at the Wiper offices on Tuesday.
The rowdy group had singled out Citizen TV, NTV and KBC journalists accusing them of favouring President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta in their reporting.
ODM Communications Director Philip Etale said he reported the matter to NASA leader Raila Odinga.
“I must say what I saw was unfortunate, barbaric and archaic. On behalf of NASA, I apologise for the attack on my brother Gachuri and on my sister Jane of NTV. I am very disturbed,” Mr Etale stated.
According to a statement signed by Dennis Anyango, Raila’s secretariat, NASA said it was deeply disturbed by the incident and apologised to the journalists.
“NASA is deeply disturbed by an incident in which some youths attending its meeting at Wiper Headquarters earlier today assaulted some reporters from local media houses. We wish to make it clear that the youth acted on their own and we condemn their actions in strongest terms possible. The Coalition registers unreserved apology to reporters who fell victim to this unfortunate incident,” read the statement.
The former Prime Minister condemned the actions by the youths and also apologised to the members of the fourth estate.