Murang’a Journalist receives threats over story

Murang'a Journalist receives threats over story
Victor Kinuthia recording statement at the Murang'a Police Station

A Murang’a based journalist has expressed fear for his life after he received death threats from a local Member of County Assembly.

Victor Kinuthia, a correspondent with a local radio station, alleged that the ward Rep was irked by a story he did mid September about bhang being sold to school children around Kahatia Market and the neighbourhood.

The Murarandia MCA reportedly threatened Kinuthia because he mentioned a key police officer from the area in his story.

Kinuthia, who works for Royal Media Services, recorded his statement at the Murang’a Police Station Tuesday morning after Murang’a County Police Commander Ms Naomi Ichami ordered an inquiry.

“I have received death threats from the MCA and I don’t understand why  he is so irked  yet I did not mention any police officer or the administration in the story,” the journalist said.

He claimed the MCA had sent several people among them colleagues saying the issue of exposing bhang trade to the public tarnished the ward’s reputation.

“I will not be cowed by threats, which have become the order of the day for journalists just because we are uncovering vices in the society,” Kinuthia said.

Ichami assured that the county security committee chaired by John Elungata would issue a comprehensive statement later.

“The matter will be investigated by CID officers who are expected to complete their work soon and furnish the county security team with the report,” the Police Commander said.

Residents in Kahatia market protested on September 14  over the increased bhang trade that was reportedly a risk to school going children around the area.

They also accused the provincial administration of protecting the known peddler who is allegedly an army officer from the area.

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