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Sonko: I did not hire goons to stone journalists at Kidero rally

Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko has refuted claims that he was behind the stoning of Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero and three journalists on Wednesday in Dandora.

Sonko’s response comes after his name was mention in a joint statement that was issued by Mediamax Network Limited, Kenya Union of Journalists (KUJ), Political Journalists Association of Kenya (PJAK) and the governor all condemning the attacks.

“It is very unfortunate that my name is being dragged into this silly incident yet by the time this was happening I was with H.E the president in Kitui, Embu, Runyenjes, Siakago and Kirinyaga for the voter’s registration exercise,” Sonko said.

Sonko wondered why KUJ rushed to mention his name before investigating the incident. At the same time he called on the police to move with speed and investigate this matter to its logical conclusion and culprits brought to book.

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“I wish to challenge KUJ for failing to carry out serious investigations on who might have incited the youths against the journalists. Rushing to mention me without any meaningful investigations is only meant to tarnish my good name and to portray me as a violent leader,” he said.

He wished the injured journalists Sarah Ndung’u (People Daily), Charles Mathai (People Daily), Patrick Kimanthi (K24) and driver Edward Mungai working for Mediamax a quick recovery.

There was outrage on Wednesday night after the three journalists were injured while covering an event hosted by Dr Kidero in Dandora. Reports indicated that the irate youths attacked the journalists after the governor refused to give them cash handouts.