Top Journalist Shot Dead

Thugs waylaid her on her way home

By  | Apr 08, 2021, 08:19 AM  | Top of The

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Kenya Broadcasting Corporation journalist Betty Barasa Mutekhele was shot dead in her home by thugs, according to police.

The journalist, a video editor, who worked for the national broadcaster was accosted by armed thugs as she entered her home in Ololua, Ngong on Wednesday night.

Sources said when the thugs entered her home they ordered her children and husband to lie down as they demanded money from the family.

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One of the armed robbers took Ms Barasa upstairs to ransack the house while the other collected electronic gadgets. Her husband heard gunshots just a few moments later. Police are still investigating the incident.

Kenyan journalists have been killed in the past and some of the cases turned cold after police failed to apprehend the culprits. Last year journalist Mohammed Marjan who worked for Pamoja FM as a presenter was stabbed to death at 5 am while headed to work.

Marjan was an active member of the Kibera Community Policing Committee. The radio station founder Adam Hussein said the journalist was hosting a special programme that was to run during the Ramadhan period, for their Muslim listeners.

Kilimani Police boss Lucas Oigara said detectives will rely on CCTV footage to get the murderers adding that the killing occurred at an area covered by police-installed surveillance cameras.

Oigara further called for calm as police carry on with investigations, after agitated locals lynched a man, they accused of being part of the group that killed Marjan. During World Social Justice Day two Kenyan journalists who are among over a thousand others murdered in cold blood for exposing crimes by people in powerful positions. 

Francis Nyaruri and John Kituyi were victims of impunity. Nyaruri worked as a writer for the Weekly Citizen newspaper where he wrote under the name Mong’are Mokua. He wrote a series of articles that exposed financial scams and other malpractice by the police departments.

He left home on January 15, 2009, and his family never saw him again alive. Teo weeks later his body was found in Kodera Forest, Nyanza. According to police Nyaruri was beheaded and his hand's hand been tied behind his back. Two suspects were charged with murder but they were acquitted in September 2015 for lack of evidence.
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