Wangamati In Hot Soup For Threatening A Journalist As County Commissioner Orders Him To Record Statement


Bungoma County Commissioner Samwel Kimiti has ordered the area governor Wycliffe Wangamati to record a statement with the police after he allegedly threatened a Sulwe fm reporter.

Addressing reporters in his office Kimiti stated that nobody is above the law and Wangamati should write a statement as investigation is ongoing.

He ordered the County Criminal Investigation officer to investigate the incident and bring him to book immediately.

He also ordered politicians to stop politicking in funerals while carrying goons along them to attack any dissenting voices.

This follows the incident where one of the key editors at Sulwe Fm is alleged to have shared the story clip with the governor before it was even aired contrary to the media ethics.

Meanwhile Journalists in Bungoma County held a peaceful demonstration in Bungoma town accusing the area governor Wycliffe Wangamati of threatening a reporter.

They have called on the Inspector general of police Hillary Mutyambai to ensure the governor is arrested and arraigned in court.

Jimmy Simiyu a reporter with Citizen Radio/Sulwe fm owned by Royal media services was threatened by Wangamati through a phone call on Sunday morning.

Simiyu who has since reported the threats and written a statement over the  at Bungoma police station says that he failed to understand why the governor threatened him while he was just performing his duty of informing the public.

The governor was infuriated  by a story done by Simiyu about a funeral service where the governor’s goons attacked and injured Lwandanyi MCA Tony Barasa.

The scribes have since called on police to arrest Wangamati and question him over the incident.

They also called on Media Council, Kenya Correspondents Association, Editors Guild, Kenya Union of Journalists and other media bodies to come out strongly and condemn the act and protect journalists.

They presented memorandums to the county commissioner and the Bungoma County Assembly and asked the two government arms to act.


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