Education CS George Magoha has found himself at the center of a scandal yet again.
This is after one of his bodyguards was involved in a scuffle with journalists while the CS was inspecting desks at Kosawo Primary School in Kisumu County.
According to a statement from the Chairman of Kisumu Journalists Network Rushdie Oudia, the victims were Ondari Ogega a Nation Media Group (NMG) photojournalist and his female counterpart Viola Kosome from People Daily.
The said bodyguard manhandled Vivian before he proceeded to commit what has since been described as a sexual assault against Ondari.
“I was just going about my duties when the uniformed bodyguard shoved me out of nowhere. It is not right because we were doing our duties and they had invited us, we did not gatecrash,” Kosome said.
“Ondari first accidentally bumped into the officer as the CS was entering one of the classes but apologised as he struggled to take photos.
“In the next classroom, the bodyguard targeted the photojournalist and physically assaulted him below the belt after which he let out a shriek and a small confrontation ensued. The CS did not notice since it was a very big team,” the witness said.
The same officer whose face was captured by some of the journalists is said to have harassed another scribe in Vihiga by inserting his fingers into his mouth.
“The incidents have not only instilled fear among the journalists but also amounts to sexual assault and suppression of the freedom of the press as enshrined in Articles 33 and 34 of the Kenyan Constitution.
“As journalists in this region, we take this incident with great concern, and shock, especially with the utter irresponsibility and daring face the officer, went on with his harassment in broad daylight and in the presence of the CS,” the Chairman of Kisumu Journalists Network stated.