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Police assault journalists, MP while enforcing evictions

By , People Daily Digital
Sunday, April 25th, 2021 15:52 | < 1 min read
Police vehicle. PHOTO/COURTESY

Close to a dozen journalists are nursing injuries after they were assaulted and later arrested by police while covering State ordered evictions in Makima, Embu County on Saturday, April 25.

The journalists were clobbered and then bundled into a Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) truck to Matuu Police Station where their recording equipment and phones were confiscated.

Mbeere South Member of Parliament(MP) Geoffrey Kingangi was also arrested and briefly detained at the police station, but his nominated colleague Cicily Mbarire escaped.

It was not clear why the police arrested them but one of the journalists told the PD Online that the police intended to frame them for incitement.

Police were evicting residents occupying land allegedly belonging to Tana and Athi Rivers Development Authority (Tarda) when the MP arrived. The MP was opposed to the evictions.

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