RMS Journalists Teargassed During a Live Broadcast

  • A signpost along Denis Pritt road showing radio stations hosted by Royal Media Services
    A signpost along Denis Pritt road showing radio stations hosted by Royal Media Services
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  • A group of journalists from Royal Media Services (RMS) were forced to scamper for safety on Monday, October 19, after they were teargassed during a live broadcast.

    Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, a representative from Egesa FM, one of Royal Media Services radio stations, disclosed that presenters were engaging their guests live when the incident happened.

    The interview was taking place in Kisii atĀ Capital Roundabout with the subject centered around the upcoming Mashujaa Day to be held in the county.

    "There was a misunderstanding from county commissioner. We were doing normal live broadcast. That was when the police came and threw teargas canisters at our crew," stated the representative.

    A logo of Egesa FM oned by Royal Media Services (RMS).
    A logo of Egesa FM oned by Royal Media Services (RMS).
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    He further explained that the police officers resorted to the move because the crew did not have requisite paperwork allowing them to host a crowd.

    The issue was, however, resorted and the journalists allowed to carry on with their broadcast.

    "There was a misunderstanding, but the matter has now been solved with the area commander, and we will be back on air in 30 minutes," he confirmed.

    The incident comes just hours after former ODM County branch chair Samuel Omwando was arrested after being accused of planning to disrupt Mashujaa Day celebrations.

    Reports indicate that the politician is facing charges involvingĀ incitement to violence.

    Omwando was arrested alongsideĀ Bobaracho ward MCA Ibrahim Ongubo and four other suspects.

    Political temperatures have been on the rise with supporters of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga clashing with those of Deputy President William Ruto.

    The incidences were reportedly fanned by the cancellation of Ruto's events in Nyamira and Kakamega with police demanding for politicians to seek approvals from OCSs before holding rallies.

    Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai explained that officers assess the likelihood of chaos at rallies before granting permits.

    Below is the video of the teargas: