Arrest killers of Pakistani journalist, Kenyan media personalities say
The Kenya Editors Guild (KEG) has urged the government to speed up the investigations and arrest the killers of Arshad Sharif; the Pakistani journalist shot dead in Kajiado.
In a statement, Churchill Otieno, the KEG’s President, said, “While we wait for all details on the killing, the Kenya Editors’ Guild calls upon the government to quickly and thoroughly investigate the case to determine the cause and reason of the killing and bring those responsible to book.”
Adding, “This would not only demonstrate Kenya’s and the government’s ability to protect its citizens and visitors but also assure Kenyans and the international community that Kenya is safe for everyone, including journalists whose rights should be protected.”
— Kenya Editors’ Guild (@KenyaEditors) October 24, 2022
Mr Sharif was reportedly shot dead at a roadblock in Kajiado county.
The award-winning journalist was vocally opposed to the ongoing political developments in Pakistan.
Sharif specialized in investigative journalism and covered many political events in his country for national and international news organizations.
Sharif, a fierce critic of the Pakistani government, had left the country earlier this year after several sedition cases were filed against him.
However, the National Police Service (NPS) said in a statement that officers manning a roadblock on Magadi Road mistook Sharif and his brother Khurram Ahmed for kidnappers trafficking a child from Starehe in Nairobi.
The pearl white Toyota Landcruiser registered to Mr Ahmed matched the description of another vehicle believed to have been ferrying a kidnapped child, said police.
Mr Bruno Shioso, the NPS spokesperson, did not comment on why the officers shot nearly 20 times at a vehicle that may have been ferrying a kidnapped minor.
With the death of Mr Sharif, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif telephoned Kenya’s President William Ruto urging him to speed up investigations.
Mr Sharif’s death caused an uproar, with believed to be Pakistani nationals writing tirelessly to Nairobi News seeking details of what transpired.
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