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Milele FM journalist assaulted by police officers outside workplace



By Kevin Koech

A journalist working at Mediamax-owned radio station Milele FM on Sunday night, April 4 sustained minor injuries after an encounter with police officers.

Speaking to a local media station, David Omurunga revealed that he was stopped by plain clothes officers outside his workplace in Nakuru County.

He added that his attempt to identify himself as a journalist fell on deaf ears.

“I was leaving the office at around 8:10 p.m. but four men attacked me suddenly. I thought they were thugs. They reaped my sweater. I had carried my equipment in a bag and I cannot find my recorder. It is lost,” said David.

He added;

“My knee is also hurting. My national ID card is also lost and I am wondering how being a journalist is equated to being a criminal.”

David narrated that after being assaulted by the officers, he was bundled into a Landcruiser.

He was taken to the police station but he was released before being booked into a cell.

“I called Madam OCPD Elena Kabukuru while in the Landcruiser who directed me to OCS Derrick Nyaga. I called him but we did not agree

“When we got to the station, we were bundled into the cell but before I could get in, a police officer came asking for the journalist from the crowd,” he added.

Confirming the incident, Media Council CEO David Omwoyo termed the harassment as unfortunate.

He further disclosed that brutality cases against journalists in 2021 had exceeded 40.

“Some of the police have become rogue, are unable to follow the law and the fact that they are not able to follow a Gazette Notice issued by Interior CS Fred Matiang’i shows that they are unable to obey the law

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“What we have got to do now is ideally identify the individual police officers and hold them responsible which is why we are going to demand the Inspector General of Police have the (culprits) identified and taken to Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA),” stated Omwoyo.

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