Radio Citizen Journalist Beaten, Detained For Hours In Malindi

Police assaulted a Royal Media journalist in the wee hours of Friday when he went to inquire about his brother’s arrest.

Zomolo Wanje of Radio Citizen went to Malindi police headquarters to discover why his kin had been secured at around 1am.

Wanje said he was heading home when he received a call with news that his sibling had been captured outside the station.

“I decided to go straight to the station to inquire about what had transpired. An officer opened the gate. Other police officers who were in a Land Cruiser called me as I headed to the report office.”

A “rogue” officer then stopped him and asked why he was at the station at that time.

Before he could answer the question, Wanje said the officer slapped him and told him to go to the report office.

“Another police officer asked me what was going on so I told him about my brother’s arrest.”

Wanje said the officer who had slapped him followed him and took him to a cell where he was locked up.

 

He said the officer then made an entry in the occurrence book, took his mobile phone and switched it off before releasing his brother.

He said he was detained for more than eight hours.

Wanje’s colleagues intervened by going to the police station after learning of the events later in the morning.

“In the morning, an officer called Deno came and asked the one on duty to give me my phone. I found many people had called.”

Wanje said he called OCPD Matawa Muchangi who told him OCS Stephen Mwachia would secure his release.

He said the OCS interrogated him then released him and told him to go back to the station at 2pm.

Police have apologized and guaranteed to make a move against the officer who attacked the writer. Journalists in Malindi held a gathering on the issue

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