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November 14, 2018

Two guards held over Eldoret reporter’s death

Murdered Journalist John Kituyi.
Murdered Journalist John Kituyi.

TWO guards will be interrogated over last Thursday's killing of veteran Eldoret journalist John Kituyi. The two work near the place the journalist was attacked as he walked to his house in Pioneer estate, Eldoret town.

Police confirmed the arrest of the two guards, who are being held at the Eldoret police station.

Human rights activist Ken Wafula has faulted, however, the police investigations which he said might lead to harassment of possible witnesses.

“Police must carry out proper investigations and avoid harassing possible witnesses,” he told the Star on the phone yesterday.

CID officers visited the scene where the 63-year-old Kituyi was attacked, and also interrogated family members.

The journalist was beaten to death at around 8pm while walking from Country Lodge Club, which is a few metres from his house.

The attackers took away his phone but left his cash and watch. Kituyi was the founder and proprietor of The Mirror Weekly newspaper.

Those who attacked the journalist are said to have escaped on a motorcycle.

On Sunday, Media Council of Kenya CEO Harun Mwangi met Kituyi’s family, human rights activists led by Wafula and journalists in Eldoret.

He said MCK will pursue the matter and a lawyer will be hired for the family to participate in the probe.

A postmortem conducted on Kituyi’s body on Monday afternoon at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital indicated that the father of seven died from excessive bleeding after being hit by a blunt object on the head.

Dr Wilson Nalianya, who carried out the postmortem, said the journalist had fractured jaws.

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