Six journalists from Nakuru escaped death by a whisker after Nakuru branch ODM chair Peter ole Osono opened fire at them while covering a story at the controversial Oljorai scheme in Elementaita, Gilgil.
Ole Osono was accompanied by morans armed with bows, arrows and rungus.
The journalists were forced to scamper for safety as youth armed with bows and arrows accompanying ole Osono who is at the centre of controversy surrounding ownership of Oljorai settlement scheme.
It took the intervention of Rift Valley Regional Commissioner Osman Warfa and some of the demonstrators to secure the besieged journalists.
Osono is reported to have defied last week’s directive by the National Land Commissioner chairman Mohammed Swazuri to open a public road that he had closed for private development.
While issuing the directive, the commission’s chairman instructed the County Commissioner to ensure that Nakuru County ODM Chairman David Ole Osono opens the road or face prosecution in defiance.
Swazuri, who was in Nakuru to officiate the swearing in of the Nakuru County Land Management Board, intimated that his commission will not be cowed by a few individuals who claim to have “connections” with top government officials.
This directive came after Eburu Mbaruk Ward MCA Jane Simita raised a complaint from members of the public who have been forced to use long routes to access basic services due to closure of the public road.
Simita added that some government officials in Gilgil had been protecting the private developer to the extent that he has disobeyed three court orders.
Ole Osono has constantly been accused of illegal selling of land in Oljorai and on several occasions.