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Journalists attacked inside Governor's office

15 July 2015, 09:14 Jane Zack

Busia - The Assistant Secretary General Kenya Correspondents Association, Michael Oongo has condemned the unfortunate incident where two Busia journalists were attacked by Governor Sospeter Ojaamong's security officers.

Oongo said that the two journalists were on Monday evening roughed up by Ojaamong's security officers while on official duty within the Governor's offices.

It is alleged that the journalists, Frankline Bwire of Radio Citizen and John Mondoh of Radio Miasha had gone to meet the County Finance Executive officer, Leonard Ombimbira within the Governor's office premises when they were attacked by the security officers.

The journalists who were injured during the incident were treated and discharged at Busia County Referral hospital before recording a statement at Busia police station.

Addressing the media in Busia Tuesday, the Secretary General confirmed that the journalists were on official duty when they were attacked.

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"It is unfortunate that the two journalists were attacked because they highlighted the incident which happened in Teso last Friday when supporters of the Governor and Teso North MP Arthur Odera clashed, leaving one of the Governor's security officers injured.

He said that legal action should be taken against the two twin security brothers because what they did was criminal, adding that the Governor should take action against them.

He added that Kenya recognizes freedom of the press as stipulated in the constitution which gives everybody a chance to express their views without being harassed in any way.

Mondoh said that he was waiting to meet the Finance Minister when he was confronted by the two twin brothers who dragged him into the office of the Chief of staff Office and roughed him up.

Bwire said that he was given a blow on the mouth by one of the twin brothers leaving him bleeding profusely.

He said, "They took my mobile phone and a voice recorder claiming that I was working against the Governor following my report on last weekend's incident when two rival groups; the Governor and Teso North MP, clashed at a fund raising function."

"They said that the security officers told him that Funyula MP, Dr Paul Otuoma was behind the Sunday's story that was published in the Standard newspaper," said Mondoh.

The duo said that they were assaulted in the presence of the Chief of Staff, Robert Papa and the Director of Communication, Ella Akivaga who never intervened. They were rescued by other security officers.

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