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Journalists Narrate Torture After Weekend Arrest

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  • Several journalists who were attacked during the demolition by the Tana and Athi River Development Authority (TARDA) have reported their plight.

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    Speaking to Citizen TV On Sunday, April 25, seven journalists revealed that they had been beaten by a squad of police officers while on duty.

    They found that after the beatings, the officers prevented them from carrying out the demolition in Mbeere which left more than 5,000 people homeless.

    After the meeting, reporters revealed that they were denied P3 forms for a second press release dealing with the damage.

    Mbeere South MP Geoffrey King’ang’i

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    “As journalists, it was a tragic incident. We were brutally beaten at the time. This is the second incident here in Embu County that still highlights the same issue.

    “This should stop and it should not happen again for journalists in this country,” explained one of the journalists.

    They further noted that despite their clear identification, the officers ignored their badges and arrested them.

    The journalists, who had been arrested along with Mbeere South MP Geoffrey King’ang’i on Saturday, April 24, were released on Sunday after staying one night at Yatta Police Station.

    King’ang’i was protesting the eviction of thousands of residents from disputed land in Embu County. Affected journalists include KTN Information author Daniel Moige and Cameraman Muriithi Mugo.

    During the demolition, TARDA claimed that the exercise was necessary to reclaim the land of the electorate.

    The residents complained that the demolition was unfair, claiming that they had not been given notice to leave the land.

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  • Source: KENYAGIST.COM

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