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Journalist sustained injuries after he was beaten by Police in Nakuru County

Milele FM journalist David Omurunga was beaten by the police in Nakuru County on the night of Sunday, April 5, 2021 while leaving his workplace.

The journalist sustained injuries after he was attacked and beaten by the police officers outside his working place in Nakuru County.

Speaking to KTN News on Monday, April 5, 2021, Omurunga stated that he was beaten up by the plain clothes officers who had mistaken him for a criminal. 

“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.

“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,” Omurunga stated.

He also stated that he was bundled into a Landcruiser and taken to a police station but he was released before being booked into a cell following the intervention of the OCPD, Elena Kabukuru.

“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.

While reacting to the incidence, Media Council CEO David Omwoyo blamed the police of not following the law and a gazette notice issued by Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i.

“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.

“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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