MCK calls for speedy probe into journalist Betty Barasa's murder

Said the acts of violence against journalists and media practitioners are unacceptable

In Summary

• Betty Barasa was shot dead in her house in Ngong, Ololua area during a robbery.

• Until her death, Betty was a senior video editor at the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation.

KBC journalist Betty Barasa.
KBC journalist Betty Barasa.
Image: COURTESY

The Media Council of Kenya has condemned the murder of journalist Betty Barasa, which occurred on Wednesday night.

Until her death, Betty was a senior video editor at the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation.

She was shot dead in her house in Ngong, Ololua area during a robbery.

She had arrived at her home at about 8.20pm when a gang that was waiting at the entrance forced their way into the compound as the gate was opened, witnesses said.

In its statement on Thursday, the council called for a speedy investigation to unravel the culprits behind her death.

“The council condemns the violent act that resulted in her untimely death yesterday…accordingly, the council calls for expeditious investigation into the incident, with a view to having the culprits apprehended and prosecuted,” MCK said.

MCK said that the acts of violence against journalists and media practitioners are unacceptable and a violation of press freedom as provided under articles 34 and 35 of the constitution.

The police have started the investigations of her death. Betty had just moved into the house recently.

According to her family, three men had been waiting for her to arrive.

Two of them were armed with AK47 rifles.

She drove to the gate and the househelp rushed to open it.

As she drove in, the three forced their way in, prompting the houselp to run into darkness as she screamed saying there were strangers in the compound.