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Headteacher attacks, injures journalist

08 May 2015, 12:34 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - A primary school headteacher attacked and injured a Vihiga-based journalist who was investigating a child abuse story in the school.

Francis Onguko, a Royal Media Services employee was attacked by Ebusiratsi Primary school headteacher, Wilkista Mole.

“I was following up a story where one of the teachers at the school is alleged to have raped three pupils and in the process infected them with HIV, and the headteacher wanted to solve this issue behind the scenes,” said Onguko.

He said the headteacher then attacked him inside her office and injured him in the process, after he refused to heed to her demands of ‘killing’ the story.

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He was treated at Emuhaya Mission Hospital and also recorded a statement at Luanda Police Station regarding the same.

Journalists in the region have condemned the act and said they will deal accordingly with cases of fellow journalists being threatened and attacked while on duty.

“We condemn the act and want the government to help protect the journalists’ rights in their line of duty,” said Nahashon Obwonya, the chairperson of journalists in the region.

Obwonya said that many journalists in the region have been threatened, especially when they carry stories that seem not fit for certain groups of individuals.

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