STUDENT ASSAULT,JOURNALISM,WITCHCRAFT,DEMONSTRATIONS…ALL IN ONE DAY.
It’s exactly 7.50 am when I leave my house knowing I’ll be in the office by around 8.10 …10 minutes late. Dantee ,my neighbour’s son has to be kissed goodbye,otherwise people won’t have peace in the compound. I say goodbye to him and take a taxi.
My phone rings but since it’s in my back bag I choose to ignore.
8.05 I’m at the gate,
“Wewe nawe shikanga simu,”
The lady at the gate welcomes me,but I just choose to smile as I clock in at the gate.
“Bryo alikua anakupigia...”
I don’t wait for her to finish…I’m in the office.
I check everything I’m supposed to have to shoot my show and everything is intact. I get out my phone to call Bryo…I find his missed call. I call…but gosh,no credit.
I move to the production unit where the cameras are kept.But before I get there I meet my boss,head of news,and he’s like,
“Ambani you are still here?”
“I’m around today,sir.I’m shooting my show in the studio.”
“You are supposed to follow up a story man. A very sensitive story. Hujaambiwa?”
“Bryo has already left. Follow him to Samoya Secondary. The students are demonstraring. ”
“We don’t have time.”
I leave.To Samoya.
8.40 am. Samoya Secondary School. It is so tense here. I can see Brian struggling with the camera in front of the protesting students. Placards reading ‘Arrest the Assistant Thief’ ‘We want Justice’ bla bla bla.
9.00 am. We are in the hospital with Brian. The girl was admitted the previous day. She’d been stabbed by Musikoma area Assistant Chief,who is a lady. From the way she struggles in her bed and the attention she’s getting from the nurses,she’s really in pain. She can’t even talk. We let her rest.
The area Assistant Chief had suspected her husband to be in a relationship with the girl. She went straight to her school and asked her to produce the phone she’d been bought by her husband,which she did,and this was proof that indeed the two were seeing each other.
She planned well and executed her plan,stubbing the girl severally in the stomach and fled. She’s still at large.
9.30 am. Call from the office.
“The students are at the County Commissioner’s office.”
Brian and I leave for the place.
9.45 am. County Commissioner’s Office.
Rumours just in. A teacher at Samoya Secondary School has gone mad. A chief has been found while trying to commit suicide.
“Samoya uchawi haushi,” Someone says.
“Shhh…wewe!” Another one seems even scared to mention it.
Samoya Samoya Samoya. Bungoma county.