Nakuru: Two journalists spend night in police custody

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In Summary

  • Nakuru West OCPD Patrick Olonyi said immigrants of Asian origin then alerted the police complaining about a group of people having allegedly trespassed on their property.
  • Officers from Kaptembwa Police Station then arrived on scene and arrested the newsmen who were reportedly in the company of four officials from various government departments.

Two Nakuru-based journalists were on Tuesday reportedly arrested and their equipment confiscated by police during an assignment.

The journalists were said to have been pursuing an investigative story on illegal immigrants allegedly operating a quarry in Nakuru West.

Speaking to Citizen Digital, Nakuru West OCPD Patrick Olonyi said immigrants of Asian origin then alerted the police complaining about a group of people having allegedly trespassed on their property.

Officers from Kaptembwa Police Station then arrived on scene and arrested the newsmen who were reportedly in the company of four officials from various government departments.

The incident saw Kenya Union of Journalists (KUJ) Nakuru charter, led by their Secretary General Kioko wa Kivandi, march to the police station demanding the release of their colleagues.

Mr. Olonyi, however, stated that journalists should report to the police before doing any investigative stories.

These sentiments were however opposed by the KUJ boss who demanded that the journalists be treated as suspects until proven otherwise.

The journalists were hence detained at the Kaptembwa Police Station where they spent the night and are expected to be arraigned in court.

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