Seven journalists are nursing injuries after security officers mercilessly beat them while on their duty on Saturday, April 24.
The scribes were covering the demolitions by the Tana and Athi River Development Authority (TARDA) in Mbeere in the now-defunct Eastern Province of Kenya when the officers pounced on him.
Narrating their ordeal to Citizen TV, they said they were beaten by a battalion of police officers, barred from covering the demolitions, denied P3 form, and finally arrested.
“As journalists, it was a bad incident. We were beaten senseless at that time. This is the second incident here in Embu County still covering the same issue. Journalists being assaulted by police in uniform,” said one of the scribes.
They were arrested alongside Mbeere lawmaker Geoffrey King’ang’i who was protesting against the eviction of thousands of residents from the disputed land.
The journalists and the MP were released on Sunday, April 25, after spending a night behind bars.
While TARDA defended the exercise, saying it aimed to reclaim the riparian land, the residents castigated the authority arguing they had not been giving the notice to vacate.