Citizen TV Journalist Impersonators Arrested

A studio at Citizen TV located in Kilimani, Nairobi.
A studio at Citizen TV located in Kilimani, Nairobi.

Three individuals impersonating Citizen TV journalists were on Tuesday, May 19, arrested in Nakuru town while seeking an interview from former NACADA Chairman John Mututho.

The impersonators, two men and one woman are said to have pretended to be Citizen TV journalists from Nairobi County.

They, however, failed to produce their accreditation after Mututho became suspicious of their identity.

Former Naivasha MP John Mututho speaks about Nakuru County affairs on September 18, 2019.
Former Naivasha MP John Mututho addressed the media on September 18, 2019 in Nakuru County
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"They started contacting me today morning at around 8 a.m. and by 10 a.m., they had made around 10 calls.

"They told me that the report was needed for the 1 p.m. bulletin...I wondered why they needed coronavirus-related information from me," Mututho explained.

Police officers and Nakuru County Intelligence officers rushed to the scene, arrested the three and took them to the Mwariki Police Station.

At the scene, police discovered a camera, one tripod and a microphone.

Citizen Digital reported that Peter Manjau, one of the fake journalists. had previously been arrested in Nyeri over similar complaints. 

"I’m a citizen of Kenya, you need to understand the difference between Citizen TV and a citizen of this country,” he told the officers.

Journalists in the country have to be accredited by the Media Council of Kenya (MKC), an independent national institution tasked with regulating the practice of journalism in Kenya. 

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