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Kenya in the spotlight after killing of Pakistani journalist Arshad Sharif

All eyes on Ruto as international community and media call for investigations into the killing of journalist Arshad Sharif

President William Ruto addressing financial sector players at State House, Nairobi on October 24, 2022

The international community has its eyes on Kenya following the killing of Pakistani investigative journalist Arshad Sharif by police at a roadblock along Magadi Road on Sunday.

In its official statement on the matter, the National Police Service (NPS) reported that Arshad's brother Khurram Ahmed who was driving refused to stop at the police roadblock around Kitengela - causing officers to suspect that the journalist and his brother had stolen the Toyota Landcruiser.

"The officers trailling the motor vehicle towards Magadi alerted police in Magadi who erected a road barrier. Deceased's motor vehicle came upon the police barrier which they drove through. It is then that they were shot at, fatally injuring late Arshad Mohammed Shariff," a statement by NPS dated October 24, 2022 read in part.


In a statement on Monday, Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif confirmed having spoken to President William Ruto over ongoing investigations into the incident. President Ruto is yet to issue a public statement on the matter.

The Foreign Press Association, Africa in a statement conveyed worry over the circumstances around the killing.


"It's, therefore, incumbent upon the Government of Kenya to fully and conclusively investigate the incident. By doing so, Nairobi would be assuring foreign journalists based in the country and covering Africa, including those who visit on assignment and other professional undertakings that they're safe.

"The FPA stands with his family in this trying moment, even as it urges the Government of Kenya to use every means at its disposal to dig up and unravel the mystery behind his killing," the statement urged.



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