Three journalists were injured on Wednesday after goons hurled stones at Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero’s convoy in Dandora.
Kidero was visiting Friends Secondary School to make a contribution for infrastructure development and intervene in a land dispute.
The Mediamax journalists were identified as Sarah Ndungu (People Daily reporter), Patrick Kimanthi (K24 cameraman) and Charles Mathai (People Daily).
A witness said only the vehicle transporting them was affected.
“This forced officers to shoot in the air to disperse the attackers,” said the witness.
Ndung’u, suffered a deep cut to the head, was taken to Nairobi hospital and the others to the Mater facility.
“The group threw stones that smashed our car’s windscreen and injured. They thought we were part of the Governors entourage,” she said.
Mathai said they believed the youths had asked Kidero for money but that he refused to give it to them, causing them to turn violent.
“They got angry when he sped off without greasing their palms. They resorted to stoning the car that was following his convoy,” he said.
He urged police and the county to find and punish the attackers.
Kidero said in a statement that journalists should be protected from hooliganism.
“They were stoned because i did not give money. Let it be known that I will never give handouts,” he said.
The Kenya Union of Journalists (KUJ) condemned the attack and told politicians that any form of violence against members will not be tolerated.
“KUJ will seek legal redress against such primitive acts and will launch campaigns for media blackouts against politicians using violence on the messengers as their campaign tools,” said the union.
Secretary general Erick Oduor further noted that journalists have nothing to do with affairs between Kideroa nd his rivals.
“Their safety must be guaranteed by the organisers of the political rallies,” he said