BY CHEPKEMOI KURGAT
Kajiado NTV correspondent is the latest victim of an unprecedented political attack on Thursday after an MP allegedly called him unprintable names.
Stanley Ngotho, who transcended recently to print, told KNU he called Kajiado South MP, Katoo ole Metito to clarify something about DP William Ruto’s visit to the county on Friday but he was “hit” by the legislator between his dotting eyes.
“I was just calling him to seek clarification but he turned wild on me. He called me names I cannot mention here. He also wondered why I am calling him and yet I am on governor Joseph Lenku’s payroll,” claimed Ngotho.
But the Kajiado South legislator denied ever abusing the journalist, adding that he only told him to continue writing in support of Lenku “if that will help Lenku win”.
“Even in today’s Daily Nation, Ngotho is talking about ethnic groups in support of Lenku. I discontinued the call,” said Metito.
The MP said he has no problems with positive criticism that can shape the county’s politics, and not ethnicity and clan tagging that can divide the people.
“I have never been involved in a tug of war with scribes in about 20 years I have been in politics because I let them write what they want,” said Metito.
The NTV journalist denied having any links with Lenku, adding that he does his work as required by his employer and do not depend on alleged handouts as stated by the MP.
“I meant well when I called Katoo, and I still do not harbour any bad feelings about his actions because he cannot understand how journalists operate,” claimed Ngotho.
He denied claims he campaigned for Lenku in 2017 and used resources from Lenku to demean former governor David Nkedianye.
“I find this to be ridiculous for a politician to think ill of me. I feel threatened as a journalist and we prepare to cover the next general election,” lamented Ngotho.