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Sonko distances himself from Dandora violence

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Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko has denied claims that he had a hand in the violence that was witnessed during a political meeting convened by Governor Evans Kidero in Dandora on Wednesday.
Sonko accused the Kenya Union of Journalists (KUJ) of rushing to make the claims without proper verification of facts following the unfortunate incident that left 3 journalists with serious injuries.
“It is with deep shock that the Kenya Union of Journalists has today without verifying facts linked me to the violence that erupted during a political meeting convened by Dr. Evans Kidero in Dandora estate.
“I wish to first condemn such acts of hooliganism and violence against innocent journalists who were on assignment. I wish them quick recovery. However, I wish to challenge KUJ for failing to carry out serious investigations on who might have invited the youths against the journalists,” Sonko said in a statement on Thursday, adding that KUJ’s move was meant to tarnish his good name and to portray him as a violent leader.
According to the senator, he was in the company of President Uhuru Kenyatta in a voter registration drive and he was not involved in the violence in any way.
“It is very unfortunate that my name is being dragged into this silly incident yet by the time this was happening I was with H.E the president in Kitui, Embu, Runyenjes, Siakago and Kirinyaga for the voter’s registration exercise.
“KUJ must stop issuing such fabricated, malicious and baseless allegations and attempting to link me with the Dandora incident is truly unfortunate. KUJ must face reality, uphold professional ethics and carry out investigations into this matter rather than rushing to condemn me as having incited the youths,” the agitated senator said.
He called on police to move with speed and commence investigation into the matter and have the culprits brought to book.