Nation Journalists Attacked, Car Vandalized

  • The Toyota Hilux that was vandalized by unknown assailants in Serelipi close on the Isiolo-Samburu border.
    The Toyota Hilux that was vandalized by unknown assailants in Serelipi close on the Isiolo-Samburu border.
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  • Two Nation journalists, Geoffrey Ondieki and Jeff Lekupe, were attacked by unknown assailants while on duty at Serelipi on the Isiolo-Samburu border.

    According to the Nation Media Group (NMG), the two employees sustained injuries following the attack and were taken to Achers Post Hospital for treatment.

    Images shared from the scene of the incident showed a badly damaged vehicle. The windscreen was badly cracked, with a gaping hole at the centre, seemingly from being hit repeatedly.

    Initial reports indicate that the two were covering clashes between police and residents in the area.

    "We were on our way to to cover an incident involving the fatal shooting of a moran by a police officer at Serelipi area. Before we got there, armed morans ambushed and attacked us. We are very lucky to escape with injuries," Ondieki narrated to Nation.

    Journalists docked at a media center while covering an event.
    Journalists docked at a media centre while covering an event.
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    The scribes sustained injuries on their heads, hands and legs, with Ondieki further revealing that he attackers were armed with clubs and swords.

    According to ARTICLE 19 Eastern Africa 34 male and 14 female journalists and media workers faced various forms of violations between March 12 and August 31.

    Barely 48 hours ago, a Meru-based Royal Media reporter was reported to have been attacked by an MP's personal assistant at an event in the area that was graced by Deputy President William Ruto. 

    The incidence include physical assault, arrest, telephone or verbal threats, online harassment and lack of access to public information, officials and buildings.

    Isiolo County has been on prime time news in the month of October 2020, with various security operations in the area.

    Between October 10-13, 70 foreigners were arrested in Merti and Garbatulla areas for being in the country illegally.

    Journalists and residents caught up in the violent protests in Kawangware on October 12, 2020.
    Journalists and residents caught up in the violent protests in Kawangware on October 12, 2020.
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