Opposition supporters attacked two journalists during NASA’s parliamentary group meeting at Wiper’s office on Tuesday.
Citizen’s Francis Gachuri was roughed up and threatened with a beating while an NTV videographer was slapped.
They were rescued by journalists, some who walked out of the meeting at the offices of Kalonzo Musyoka’s party, to show their support.
The parliamentary group meeting was then called off.
Journalists walk out of NASA’s parliamentary group meeting at Wiper’s office in Nairobi following an assault on two journalists, October 31, 2017. /COURTESY
Reports indicated the attack was motivated by Citizen’s set up of a tallying centre for the presidential re-run that incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta won.
“I am under siege. The goons are now threatening to torch Citizen’s observation van,” Gachuri told The Star on phone during the incident.
He said journalists and media houses were being profiled.
Citizen journalist Francis Gachuri during an attack by NASA supporters at Wiper’s office in Nairobi, October 31, 2017. /MONICAH MWANGI
ODM communications director Philip Etale said he reported the matter to Raila Odinga as he was “not amused at all”.
“I must say what I saw was unfortunate, barbaric and archaic,” he said. “On behalf of NASA, I apologise for the attack on my brother Gachuri and on my sister Jane of NTV. I am very disturbed.”
He said they will issue a statement on the matter and the youths involved will be reprimanded.
Raila, who is Opposition leader, warned politicians against “taking goodies” from the Jubilee administration.