Kenyan Herald has established that threats to journalists from politicians are now becoming a norm with Kericho senator and parliamentary service commissioner Aaron Cheruiyot becoming notorious.
Early this month, on NTV'S AM live show, the now boastful senator with close links to deputy president William Ruto tore into the station's political reporter Kennedy Murithi for a story he had done exposing a plot to set up a fund by parliament
In the show, Cheruiyot threatened to raise issues on Murithi's credibility to cover parliament and influence his colleagues to support his case to revoke his accreditation for exposing a plan he was to benefit from.
According to the story Murithi did, the parliamentary service commission for which Cheruiyot is a member, would have so much say in the management of the fund if approved and accented to by the president.
The bill by Ndaragwa MP Jeremiah Kioni states that the fund would be set up and have all money appropriated to parliament sent immediately to the fund and leave it to PSC and MPs to decide on how to use it.
Cheruiyot blasted Murithi for the expose saying he had a tendency of not covering parliament as it should be
We have learnt of a plot being driven by Cheruiyot, who recently had an altercation with interior CS Fred Matiangi, is 'talking' to friendly mps to have the journalist kicked out of parliament
On the AM live show, when he first unearthed the plan, he was put off by his jubilee counterpart Bonnie Khalwale who told him off saying Murithi was a seasoned journalist who has been in parliament longer than him.
We understand this plot to kick out Muriithi is still an option on the table as Aaron Cheruiyot is thinks on how best to tame the reporter.