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Okiya Omtatah Drama as plain-clothes police chase journalists

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CS Matiang'i ordered shut down of media on Tuesday.

Journalists at work. Some journalists have been chased form CAK head offices. play Journalists at work. Some journalists have been chased form CAK head offices. (Courtesy)

Plain-clothes police officers manning the Communications Authority of Kenya gate on Friday chased away a battery of journalists who had gone at the offices to cover the alleged blockage of activist Okiya Omtatah who wanted to serve the authority with a court order.

Journalists were forced to flee the government-owned premises even after the activist was earlier denied access to the premises to serve a court order to the effect that the CA, interior Ministry should immediately switch on the three TV stations which were shut on Tuesday over alleged broadcasting of Raila Odinga ‘mock oath.’

The new tact by police chasing away journalists comes even after three NTV Newsroom journalists – Larry Madowo, Ken Mijungu and its chief Editor Linus Kaikai obtained a court order freezing their arrest by police.

The move came after police tented camp at Nation Media Group headquarters in Nairobi, forcing them to spend a night in the office.

play Communications Authority of Kenya head office in Nairobi. (Courtesy)

 

Meanwhile, Mr Omtatah received court orders lifting the media blackout of three TV stations and several radio stations, which were shut off on Tuesday.

But on Friday early morning, a court process server sent by Mr Omtatah was detained at the premises for two hours before he was released and warned against setting foot at the premises.

“At around 8am today, two men, who introduced themselves as police officers posted at the Communications Authority of Kenya, abducted my Court Process Server at the headquarters of the authority, and detained him until 10am. Upon release, he contacted me and I decided to come and effect service in person,” Mr Omtatah said in a text message as quoted by Nation on Friday.

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