The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Nation Journalist Grilled Over Bribe Story

A journalist was yesterday grilled by provincial administration officers following a story published in the media on police officers who were beaten at a Changaa den in Siaya town. Siaya-based Nation Media Group correspondent Geoffrey Obogi was summoned by the Siaya DO1 Jerald Mutuku before a group of chiefs to explain the reason behind publication of the story.

Mutuku, who chaired the panel, grilled the scribe for more than 30 minutes before demanding that he writes a rejoinder to restore the "tainted" image of the police force. Two armed police officers escaped death narrowly after they were beaten by members of the public while extorting bribes from a chang'aa den in Siaya town on Sunday. The three armed regular officers arrived at a famous chang'aa den shortly after 4 pm and before demanding Sh10,000 from the brewer who declined to produce arguing it was too high.

According to eye witnesses, an argument ensued between the offices and the owner of the brew prompting the revelers and members of the public to pounce on them beating them senselessly. The trio's attempt to shoot in the air to disperse the irate crowd was thwarted as the public disarmed two of them and continued to administer heavy blows on the subdued officer's amidst cheerers from the on lookers.

One of the officers managed to escape from the wrath of the surging crowd before calling for reinforcement from the nearby Siaya divisional police station. A contingent of police officers led by the area OCS Erastus Muturi arrived in a police Land cruiser before whisking the bleeding officers to the nearby Siaya district hospital. The duo who suffered injuries on the chest, face and ribs were treated and discharged according to the doctors at the hospital. According to a former paramount chief Ogolla Oliech,the incident comes hardly a week after the same officers raided the den and demanded Sh 5,000 which they were given on the spot.

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