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Baringo County's official camera stolen in Kiambu bring operations to a halt

The modern video camera, which was under the care of communication director Moses Kipkaren, disappeared before the end of the fourth edition of the Kenya Inter-County Sports and Cultural Association games.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comMonday, 05 Sep 2016 19:44 EAT

The recording of proceedings at the Baringo County Assembly has ground to a halt. The reason? The official camera used for the work was stolen in Kiambu County during an inter-county sports event.

The assembly's communication department has stopped operations after the camera worth Sh780,000 disappeared mysteriously last Tuesday during the Inter-County Assemblies Sports event held at Thika Stadium, Kiambu.

The modern video camera, which was under the care of communication director Moses Kipkaren, disappeared before the end of the fourth edition of the Kenya Inter-County Sports and Cultural Association (Kicosca) games.

Kipkaren confirmed to colleagues that he mysteriously lost the camera. He, however, declined to report the incident publicly for the sake of his job. “Since the police are already busy handling the matter there is nothing much to report about the lost camera,” he said.

The camera was newly acquired and had been in use for only three months before it disappeared. A source at the county assembly told the Free Press that the exact circumstances that led to the loss of the camera have not been established.

“We were just through with the second-day work covering the sports when we retired to our resting rooms, then the communications officers called me later at around 8pm reporting to me that he had misplaced the camera  under unclear circumstances,” the source said.

The source that remained anonymous said it was not clear whether the officer misplaced the camera while he was sober or under the influence of alcohol.

The theft of the camera came  hot on the heels of the decision by Kiambu Governor William Kabogo to ban commercial sex workers during the three day Inter-County games.

The source accused the director of incompetence saying he was ill equipped in journalistic skills. “The loss of the camera is a serious blow to the administration of Governor Cheboi which is to blame for hiring incompetent communication directors both in the Assembly and the Executive,” he said.

A source at the Assembly reported that the police investigating the camera's disappearance have tracked its signals to Thika, Kenyatta University and adjacent areas.

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