The Media Council of Kenya is demanding action against Magoha’s bodyguard over alleged sexual assault on a journalist.
On Thursday, Kenyans shared a video on social media that showed journalists confronting the bodyguard of the CS. A voice behind the camera accuses the man of grabbing a male journalist’s genitals and squeezing them.
The incident occurred during a routine visit by the CS to Kisumu’s Kosawa Primary School. The CS had gone to inspect the desks in the school.
Embarrassing and saddening incident
In a TV interview with Citizen TV, MCK CEO, David Omwoya said that the Council was speaking to relevant authorities to probe the matter and prosecute the bodyguard. Omwoya called the incident embarrassing and extremely saddening.
A statement by Kisumu Journalist Network said that Nation Media Photojournalist, Ondari Ogega, accidentally bumped into the bodyguard. He apologised, but the brute aide of the CS followed the journalist and squeezed his genitals. He threatened to them do more harm outside the classroom.
The Council also said that the same man had also grabbed a female journalist, Viola Kosome, by her buttocks as he pushed her out of the way. MCK demanded that the CS, Interior Minister, Fred Matiang’i and Police IG, to take action against the man.
Failure to do that, they said, would see the man continue with his bad habits not only against journalists but also other Kenyans.
CS Magoha is under increasing pressure following a video showing him insulting a junior officer in Uasin Gishu. His bodyguard’s actions are unlikely to tilt the public opinion favourably in his favour though.
Journalists easy target for insecure powerful people
Journalists are often victims of assault whenever they go out to cover stories. Just recently, police attacked an NTV photojournalist who had been recording him. Journalists, usually at the frontline of many significant events, become easy targets for influential people eager to ‘prove’ their power.