The Kisumu Journalists Network (KJN) wants Interior Cabinet Secretary (CS) Fred Matiang’i and Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai to take action against CS George Magoha’s bodyguard who is accused of threatening and sexually harassing journalists in Kisumu.
The bodyguard whose name is yet to be revealed is said to have harassed Photojournalists Ondari Ogega (Nation Media Group) and Viola Kosome (People Daily) when CS Magoha was inspecting desks delivered to Kosawo Primary School.
According to KJN, in a struggle to get the best shots of the Education CS with the pupils at Kosawo, Ogega accidentally bumped into the said bodyguard.
Despite offering an apology, the bodyguard followed him and “reached for his fly before squeezing his genitals and threatening to do more outside the classroom.”
As if this was not enough, KJN further says that the same officer, in the same classroom, also grabbed Kosome’s backside and pushed her to give way for the CS.
History of harassments
The bodyguard, whose face was captured by some journalists, is said to have a thing for harassing journalists.
On a different occasion in Vihiga County, he is said to have harassed another journalist by inserting his fingers into his mouth.
“As journalists in this region, we take this incident with great concern, and shock, especially with the utter irresponsibility and daring face the officer, went on with his harassment in broad daylight and in the presence of the CS,” said KJN Chairperson Rushdie Oudia.
Oudia says that if these incidences are left to go scot-free, the officer is likely to continue unabated with what he says is “nasty and distasteful behaviour against not only journalists but other members of the public.”