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Kenya: Two Reporters Win Case Against Police Officers


By Albert Nyakundi,

The Star, 10 October 2013

Two Kenyan journalists have won a case against the police in Kisii after they were charged in court.The police had accused them of impersonating journalists and attempting to extort them.Albert Nyakundi, a Nairobi based journalist with the Star newspaper had jointly been charged with Samuel Mungai, a Kiambu based NTV journalist. Dishon Kitwa, a driver was also charged alongside.

The court heard that on July 7, 2012 in Kisii town, the three at Kisii police station in Kisii township with intent to extort money from Daniel Mulwa, threatened traffic officers attached to Kisii Division to expose him through print media.The prosecution said they demanded Sh50,000 from the officer to erase a video footage after they captured him receiving bribe.

In her 15 minutes ruling, chief magistrate Mr Onginjo said the police rushed to charge the journalists blindly.Three of the prosecution witnesses denied they were complainants in the case.Onginjo said the prosecution's evidence was not corroborated as only one witness said money had been demanded from him."No investigation was done.

There is no sufficient evidence to put the accused on the defence," he said.The three were on their way to Nairobi after attending a burial in South Mugirango.

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