Drama as journos evicted by Malindi OCPD
17 February 2012, 13:40
There was drama at Malindi Police station on Wednesday afternoon when Malindi Officer Commanding Police Division(OCPD) Kiprono Langat on Wednesday evening ejected three journalists out of his office.
The three journalists from various media houses were ordered to leave the OCPDs’ office immediately and write what they wished to write.
According to the scribes, drama unfolded when they sought the OCPDs’ comments on an incident where a man was arrested for allegedly sodomizing a 7- year old boy; that led to an attack on police officers where they were forced to fire live bullets in the air to disperse irrate members of the public.
They also sought confirmation of another incident, where armed gangsters were reported to have shot and robbed tourists of their properties and unknown amount of cash at Watamu in Malindi district on the same day.
Instead OCPD Langa’t dismissed the journalists and termed the incidents as rumors despite the fact that his officers had visited the two scenes according to the journalists.
He was further irritated when the scribes questioned him on the increase in insecurity cases in the area that has seen at least six people killed and four others nursing serious injuries after they were attacked by armed thugs in different areas of Malindi.
“Criminals do not tell us where they are going to commit crimes or do you think when criminals want to steal they alert police so that we can tie the with ropes to bar them from committing criminal missions,” asked Lang’at before ordering the three scribes to leave immediately.
“Can you leave my office now and write anything you wish to I don’t care,” he insisted while pushing them out of his office.
Malindi district commissioner Joshua Nkanatha confirmed the incident.
“It is true there were tourists who were robbed of their mobile phones, unknown amount of cash and personal belongings but they were not injured,” said the DC.
He said his officers were following information given to trace the suspects.
The three journalists reported the matter to the DC who said that he will investigate the matter.
“I will investigate the matter since what I know the OCPD should be cooperating with media for the sake informing public,” he noted.
There are reports that the OCPD has not been cooperating with journalists in the area by refusing to confirm criminal incidents in the area for the last three months since he was posted to the region.
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