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James Gitaka

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About James
James Gitaka is a multi-media journalist based in Eldoret, Kenya, with a distinguished career focusing on social issues, crime, and community safety. His reporting has taken him across various regions of Kenya, including Uasin Gishu County, Kericho, and Nandi, where he has become known for his in-depth coverage of critical and sensitive topics. Gitaka's work often brings to light the struggles of families seeking justice, such as in the case of Kelvin Chirchir, and the challenges faced by journalists in the country.

His commitment to journalism is evident in his efforts to report on the internal dynamics of local cooperatives, highlighting issues of management and embezzlement, and in his coverage of the establishment of the Eldoret Media Hub( a pioneer media  resource  center in East Africa which he co- founded) , that seeks to bolster journalism infrastructure in the region. Gitaka's reporting also delves into social and cultural traditions, including the unique response of Kalenjin Elders to international events, and public health concerns, such as the alterations to burial protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A dedicated investigative reporter, Gitaka's articles reflect his dedication to uncovering the truth and providing a voice for those in his community. His work emphasizes human rights, law enforcement, and social justice, making him a vital contributor to the media landscape in Kenya. Through his multi-media approach, Gitaka continues to engage with a broad audience, ensuring that the issues that matter most are brought to the forefront of public discourse.
Languages
English Kikuyu Swahili
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Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast)
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Keiyo Co-operative Society Members Demand Removal of Chairman Over Embezzlement Claims

28 Sep 2023  |  k24tv.co.ke
Members of the Keiyo Co-operative Society in Eldoret, Kenya, have accused their former chairman, Titus Korir, of embezzlement and have voted for his removal. They allege that Korir was involved in a plot to demolish a society-owned building valued at Ksh500 million without informing the members and took out a Ksh8.4 million loan without member consent. The new chairman, John Chemagut, has vowed to audit the society's accounts and halt any demolition plans. Korir, however, claims he is still the legal chairman and denies any wrongdoing. The society, established in 1956 by farmers, is now facing internal strife over these allegations.

Nandi Elders Conduct Traditional Prayers for Queen Elizabeth II; Call for Repatriation of Koitalel Samoei's Head

19 Sep 2023  |  k24tv.co.ke
A group of Kalenjin Elders from the Nandi sub-tribe in Kenya conducted traditional prayers to mourn Queen Elizabeth II, reflecting on her 1952 visit to the region. The ceremony took place at the Soy Club and Resort, where the Queen had stayed during her visit. The elders also preserved a 1948 wedding photo of the Queen and Prince Philip. Additionally, the community is requesting King Charles III to repatriate the head of Nandi leader Koitalel arap Samoei, who resisted British colonial rule. The late Queen Elizabeth will be buried at Windsor Castle on September 19.

Eldoret Sex Workers Decry Condom Shortage Amid Devolution Conference

16 Aug 2023  |  k24tv.co.ke
Sex workers in Eldoret, Kenya, are experiencing a shortage of condoms and lubricants during the 8th devolution conference, which has brought a large influx of visitors to the city. The hotels and lodges are fully booked, leaving them with no private spaces to entertain clients. The workers accuse Ministry of Health officers, particularly at the Uasin Gishu County Hospital, of selling government-provided free condoms. Alice Saina, the Chairperson of the Eldoret Sex Alliance, has highlighted issues of exploitation, inability to ensure safety from sexually transmitted diseases, and harassment by the county inspectorate service. The Alliance is calling on the Uasin Gishu Governor to introduce empowerment programs. There have also been reports of sex workers being murdered, with police accused of not adequately addressing these crimes.

Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei in Road Accident, Escapes with Minor Injuries

06 Jun 2023  |  k24tv.co.ke
Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei was involved in a road accident on the evening of June 5th. The accident occurred at Kapsaret Fly-over as he was driving from Nandi to Eldoret. Cherargei, who was alone in the vehicle, sustained minor injuries and was treated at St. Luke's Orthopaedic & Trauma Hospital. The senator's car, a Toyota Landcruiser Prado TX, was towed to Langas Police Station. Questions have been raised about how Cherargei was able to violate the 7pm-5am curfew. Earlier, he had attended a ceremony with Deputy President William Ruto in Kapsisiywa Village. The article includes statements from a senior police officer and mentions the involvement of the Nandi Laibons Council of Elders in the DP's event.

Man Arrested for Defiling Teenager in Eldoret

03 Jun 2023  |  k24tv.co.ke
In Eldoret, Uasin-Gishu County, a 25-year-old man named Elphas Kiprotich, who works at Blasco Bar, has been arrested for allegedly defiling a 17-year-old girl. The girl, a secondary school student, reported that Kiprotich offered her a drink laced with alcohol and then confined her in a lodge room at the bar for a week, where he sexually abused her daily. The girl's mother filed a report after her daughter went missing and returned a week later. The teenager claimed that Kiprotich threatened to harm her if she told anyone about the abuse. The local assistant chief is also accused of attempting to obstruct justice in the case. Police have begun investigations following the report made at Cheptiret Police Station.

Police hunt for woman who stabbed brother over land dispute in Uasin Gishu

28 Apr 2023  |  k24tv.co.ke
Police in Burnt Forest, Uasin-Gishu County, are searching for a 20-year-old woman, Peris Chemng’etich, who allegedly stabbed her brother, Ezra Kipchumba, over a land dispute. The incident occurred at their parents' home in Rurigi, Kipkabus, Burnt Forest. The siblings have been in conflict for some time, each supported by one parent. Kipchumba, who was treated and discharged from Burnt Forest Sub-County Hospital, reported the incident at Rurigi police post but claims he was asked for a bribe to receive a P3 Form and have his sister arrested. Naiberi OCPD, Lucy Kananu, has promised to investigate the bribery allegations and assured that Chemng’etich will be charged with attempted murder.

Police arrest prime suspect in LGBTQ activist Edwin Chiloba’s murder

06 Jan 2023  |  k24tv.co.ke
On January 6, 2023, in Eldoret town, police arrested Jacktone Odhiambo, the main suspect in the murder of LGBTQ activist Edwin Kiptoo, also known as Chiloba. Odhiambo, a freelance photographer from Nairobi, was a close friend of Chiloba and had come to Eldoret for New Year celebrations. They were last seen together at a club on January 1. Neighbours reported a commotion at Chiloba's house and later saw two individuals loading a metal box into a vehicle. The police are investigating the murder and searching for two other suspects. Chiloba's family described him as a hardworking university student close to graduating and urged the police to find his killers.

Historia ya jamii ya Iteso;wanaaminika kufukua wafu wao

15 Nov 2022  |  HUBZ MEDIA - News and Media Training
The Eldoret Media Hub is a collaborative workspace for journalists located in Uasin Gishu County. It was established by the Uasin Gishu Journalists Association with the support of a grant from the Media Council of Kenya. The hub aims to provide resources and a conducive environment for journalists to work and enhance their skills. The facility was inaugurated in August 2021 by David Omwoyo, the CEO of the Media Council of Kenya.

jamii ya taveta wanaaminika kutumia dawa za kichawi za Fusa na Fungaliza Kulinda Ardhi yao

08 Nov 2022  |  HUBZ MEDIA - News and Media Training
The Eldoret Media Hub is a collaborative workspace for journalists located in Uasin Gishu County. It was established by the Uasin Gishu Journalists Association with the support of a grant from the Media Council of Kenya. The hub aims to provide resources and a conducive environment for journalists to work and develop their skills. It was inaugurated in August 2021 by David Omwoyo, the CEO of the Media Council of Kenya.

Eldoret Pastor Abducted, Family and Church Community Seek His Safe Return

10 Oct 2022  |  k24tv.co.ke
Dickson Ndungu Thinde, a pastor at the Kenya Assemblies of God (KAG) church in Eldoret, Kenya, was allegedly abducted on the night of October 6, 2022. He went missing after closing his butchery outlet in the Outspan area of Kiambaa. A loaf of bread he had purchased was found at the scene, indicating a struggle. His brother, Elijah Chege Thinde, has stated that Dickson was in good spirits before his disappearance and had no known disputes. The family has searched for him in police stations and hospitals without success. The KAG Rehoboth Church, where Dickson ministered, and the Eldoret Pastors Association have called for prayers and urged the government to intensify the search and investigation into his disappearance.

Kericho: Boy dies after being punished by teacher

04 Oct 2022  |  k24tv.co.ke
A family in Eldoret is seeking justice for their son, Enock Kipkoech, a 14-year-old pupil who was found dead in a dormitory at St Teresa Primary School in Kericho County. The boy reportedly suffered severe injuries after being punished by a teacher. An autopsy revealed damaged arteries, dead artery spots on his buttocks, swollen lungs, and signs of strangulation. The family alleges a cover-up by the school, which did not inform them of the death. The case is under investigation by the DCI in Kericho County. Human rights activists are calling for the arrest of the teacher involved and addressing the broader issue of unresolved school deaths.

Britain Mourns: Lines Stretch for Miles as Queen Elizabeth Lies in State

14 Sep 2022  |  www.nytimes.com
On Wednesday, the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II was moved from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster, accompanied by a ceremonial procession. The public was allowed to pay their respects in Westminster Hall starting at 5 p.m. local time. The procession included King Charles III, his siblings, and his sons, Prince William and Prince Harry. The event was marked by military honors and a service conducted by Archbishop Justin Welby. Prince Andrew and Prince Harry, due to their unique circumstances, did not wear military uniforms. The event is part of the national mourning for the queen, with the public viewing expected to attract hundreds of thousands. Westminster Hall, a site with deep historical significance, will host the queen's body until the funeral.

Nandi: Police boss orders investigations into man’s murder as residents threaten demonstrations

03 Sep 2022  |  k24tv.co.ke
The article reports on the murder of 20-year-old Kelvin Chirchir, whose body was found on the shores of River Lemok, on the border of Uasin Gishu and Nandi Counties. Kelvin disappeared on August 17, 2022, and was found dead the same day with signs of violence and possible poisoning. Despite the family's efforts, including funding police transport, no arrests have been made, and no statements have been taken. The family, especially his disabled mother Pauline Biwot, is in distress and demands justice, as Kelvin was their primary provider. The local community is outraged by the police inaction and is threatening to protest. Nandi County Police Commander Joseph Kavoo has promised swift investigations and to address any police misconduct.

Security heightened in Uasin Gishu village over fire incident

13 Aug 2022  |  k24tv.co.ke
In response to the arson of three houses in the Chagaiya area of Kesses, Uasin Gishu, a deployment of one hundred officers from the General Service Unit (GSU) is being arranged. The Uasin Gishu County police commander reported that two houses were set ablaze on Thursday night and another the following night, with no injuries reported. The police are investigating the incidents, which they suspect to be either criminal activity or intimidation. Kesses Deputy County Commissioner John Odindi has warned that if the perpetrators' names are not surrendered by the public, a government-led security operation will be initiated. Human rights groups and religious organizations have denounced the violence and urged for peace in the community.

Boda boda rider surrenders to police after killing 24-year-old girlfriend

01 Aug 2022  |  k24tv.co.ke
Meshack Cheubei, a 23-year-old boda boda rider from Ziwa-Chelabal village in Uasin Gishu County, Kenya, surrendered to the Ziwa police station after murdering his girlfriend, Hilda Jerop. The murder was reportedly motivated by Jerop's decision to end their relationship to focus on college, following her parents' advice. Cheubei, who had a child with Jerop and was known by her family, attacked Jerop at her home, stabbing her multiple times. Jerop died from her injuries while being taken to Ziwa District Hospital, and her body was moved to Racecourse Hospital Mortuary in Kapseret Sub County.

Moi Girls School, Eldoret hold a demonstration in their school compound demanding immediate transfer of their school principal

17 Feb 2021  |  k24tv.co.ke
Students at Moi Girls School, Eldoret held a demonstration on Wednesday morning protesting against their principal, Christine Chumba. They accused her of high-handedness, mistreatment of support staff, and mismanagement of school funds. The students were particularly upset about the closure of the school canteen and the change in their diet, which now lacks eggs, meat, and fruits, leaving them with ugali and cabbage. They are demanding the principal's transfer and the canteen's immediate reopening. Police, led by Niaberi OCPD Lucy Kananu, arrived at the school to address the situation. Despite the unrest, Moi Girls School, Eldoret is known for its impressive academic performance and its students' success in gaining entry into Kenya's top public universities.

Form Four student assaulted by teacher for non-official attire

09 Dec 2020  |  k24tv.co.ke
A 17-year-old female student from DEB Mutwot Secondary School is currently being treated at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital after being assaulted by a teacher. The assault occurred after the student wore non-official attire to school, resulting in injuries to her head, back, buttocks, and legs. The incident has been reported to the Uasin Gishu County Director of Education, Gitonga Mbaka, who has promised to investigate and take appropriate action. The student's parents have also filed a report with the Kapsoya Police Station.

Victims of West Pokot mudslides .

Pics of some of the homes destroyed by mud slides in West Pokot County.

Pictures of flooding in west Pokot, hundreds left homeless and many dead

Drama as mourners exhume body of COVID-19 victim to view remains

11 Sep 2020  |  k24tv.co.ke
In Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County, mourners exhumed the body of a 32-year-old agrovet attendant who was popular among the youth and had reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. The incident occurred on September 11, after health workers, dressed in PPEs, had overseen her burial. The mourners, insisting on viewing her remains, forced the health officers away and viewed the body before re-burying it. This act was in defiance of the government's COVID-19 burial protocols, which are being revised following new WHO-backed research suggesting bodies cannot spread the virus. Kenya's Head of Public Health, Dr. Francis Kuria, announced that health officers might no longer oversee COVID-19 victims' burials and that bodies would be released to families for interment. On the same day, Kenya reported 190 new COVID-19 cases, four deaths, and 395 recoveries.

Nine dead, several injured in Eldoret-Kitale road crash

26 Dec 2019  |  k24tv.co.ke
On Thursday evening, December 26, a tragic accident occurred on the Eldoret-Kitale road near Nangili Market, resulting in nine fatalities and several injuries. A minibus, traveling from Luanda to Matunda, collided head-on with a matatu bound for Eldoret. The collision, which happened at 3:40 pm, claimed the lives of the minibus driver, the conductor, a passenger, two occupants of the matatu, and four others who later died at Likuyani Sub-County Hospital. Additionally, six goats on board the matatu perished. An eyewitness reported that the minibus driver was trying to avoid sheep on the road, leading to the crash. Likuyani OCPD Boniface Lisiolo confirmed the incident and stated that an investigation is underway.

‘2024 I’m building a better relationship with God’ – Vera Sidika on plans to go back to church

10 May 2019  |  k24tv.co.ke
Kenyan socialite Vera Sidika has publicly shared her intentions to strengthen her relationship with God in the year 2024. In a statement, Sidika expressed her desire to return to church and focus on her spiritual growth. This announcement marks a personal commitment to her faith and suggests a shift in her lifestyle. The article discusses Sidika's plans for personal development and her approach to religion, which may indicate a new direction in her public persona.
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