KTN Journalists who were seeking after a story about a student who disappeared from a school in Machakos were assaulted. It was reported that their vehicle was additionally torched by the students of St Steven’s Girls School.
Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) have arrested the principal of St Steven’s Girls School and a parent in connection to the chaos that erupted at the institution leaving KTN journalists nursing injuries and their vehicle burnt. John Kyalo and Mary Makumi, the mother of student who went missing, are set to be charged with violence and incitement among other offences.
Mr. John Kyalo, the Principal of St. Steven’s Girls School in #Machakos County & Ms. Mary Mukami, the mother of the missing girl have been arrested by officers following the attack on Journalists. The two suspects will be charged with Incitement to Violence among other offences. pic.twitter.com/WsXOYDLgzf
— DCI KENYA (@DCI_Kenya) June 3, 2019
“During the fracas, six students were injured and are currently receiving treatment at a hospital in Machakos – all in stable condition. Further inquiries are ongoing to bring all those involved to justice,” said DCI in a Twitter post. The student’s mother is currently in custody to help the police with investigations.
As earlier reported by News of Africa, KTN cameraman Boniface Magana, reporter Caroline Bii, and their driver Immaculate Joseph were attacked by students as they pursued a story of the student who had mysteriously disappeared from the institution.
A statement by Media Council of Kenya (MCK) indicated the students began pelting the three with stones following incitement by the school’s principal. Kyalo had allegedly declined to be interviewed about the matter.
The students also burnt the vehicle belonging to KTN as the journalists ran for their lives. The school’s Director Stephen Nzeve alleged the institution had informed the missing girl’s mother her daughter left the institution and was camping in South B, Nairobi.