Media / Watchdog
Friday, 20 Jan 2017 12:16 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
Mbeere North parliamentary aspirant Dr Patricio Njiru has been accused of threatening a journalist working with the K24 television channel. Journalist Dickson Macharia recorded a statement at the Embu police station this morning over the threats. He claims Dr Njiru warned him against reporting negatively on the aspirant and demanded that he vacates Embu "with immediate effect".
Mr Macharia claims that the aspirant, who is a former Embu County executive committee member for agriculture, had initially complained to him over a Facebook post he had written and accused him of being behind an alleged social media campaign to tarnish the aspirant's name. Over the past two weeks, social media platforms on Mbeere North politics have been awash with allegations about Dr Njiru's extramarital affairs.
One such report alleged that Dr Njiru had caused commotion at a social joint after reveling with friends through most of the night. The report claimed that at one time in the night, the aspirant, surrounded with some female friends, brandished his pistol to intimidate other revellers questioning his conduct. Dr Njiru was a licensed gun owner until recently, but his firearm was said to have been withdrawn. Our efforts to reach him to verify the allegations were unsuccessful.
The Kenya Union of Journalists has seized the matter and called on Dr Njiru to stop his threats forthwith. “We are treating these threats very seriously, and I can assure Dr Njiru that by the time the Jubilee Party will be holding primaries, he could very well be rotting in jail,” the Union's secretary general Eric Oduor told the Kenya Free Press on the phone. He said the Union would follow the police investigation into the matter keenly to ensure justice is done.
Dr Njiru is one of four former officials of the Embu County Government who are running for parliamentyary seats in the region. Emily Thaara, former CEC for trade, is contesting the Mbeere South seat, the County Secretary Raymond Kinyua has declared his interest in the Runyenjes seat, and former chief officer in Livestock and Fisheries Monicah Syombua is vying for the Women Representative position.