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Mediamax journalists detained over 'intrusion'

18 March 2014, 13:32 Wilshere

Nakuru - Four journalists from Mediamax in Nakuru were detained for more than two hours Tuesday after they were mistaken for intruders.

According to Bernard Gitau, who works with the People Daily, they had gone to the park to cover a story about a poacher who had been killed when they were roughed up by game rangers.

Gitau said that they had obtained permission to enter the park from senior park warden, Aden Kala.

“We had been given permission to enter the park and highlight the story but we were shocked when some rangers came to us and said we had intruded the premises,” he said.

The scribes said that they were directed by the senior park warden to use the Lanet entrance before they encountered game rangers who stopped and detained them in one of their offices.

The rangers are said to have ordered the four journalists to down their tools of trades and proceed to the room before orders were sent from above to release them.

Cases of poaching have been on the rise in most of the national parks in the country, a thing that has triggered a major reshuffle of the KWS top brass.

Nakuru Senior Park Warden Kala has in the past been quoted as saying that KWS rangers are never involved in acts of poaching.

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