Days after the Citizen TV aired an explosive investigative piece dubbed “#GunsGalore, exposing the rot in the police service, bodyguards assigned to Citizen TV owner SK Macharia and police manning the gates at the media house have been withdrawn.
Reports indicate that the administration police stationed at the Royal Media Services premises were withdrawn today, 21 April 2021 and did not report for duty.
Insiders at the media house believe that the move is in retailiation to Purity Mwambia’sinvestigative feature, Guns Galore (Silaha Mtaani) that alleged that thugs hire guns, ammunition and police attire from law enforcers at charges ranging between Ksh 1,000 to Ksh 200,000.
A source privy to the details and based disclosed that “The administration police are who are stationed at the gate work in two shits, during the day and during the night. They did not report to duty.
“Those attached to SK Macharia were also withdrawn,” added the source.
Reports indicate that the move has sent tongues wagging over the safety of staff at the company as well as the safety of Purity Mwambia.
By the time of this publication, Police Spokesperson Charles Owino had not replied to enquiries on the same, made by a section of the press.
DCI delved into the matter yesterday in a statement that left more questions than answers with the Media Council of Kenya (MCK) defending RMS from the DCI summons and said that it expected the police to investigate the matter rather than violate freedom of the press and access to information.
“In this case where the media has exposed weaknesses among some elements in the National Police Service (NPS), natural justice demands that the same service cannot then purport to investigate or otherwise summon the journalists.
“Instead, efforts should be put toward finding out how their members are providing civilians with guns, bullets, uniforms and handcuffs. Summoning journalists to reveal their sources is a violation of press freedom,” MCK wrote in a press statement dated Tuesday, April 20, 2021.