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13 Sep 2016

Alice Waithera, The Star (Kenya)

Kenya: Kakuzi guards allegedly beat journalists covering students' protest against company

"Two journalists beaten by Kakuzi guards during students demo over land"

Two journalists sustained injuries after they were allegedly clobbered by Kakuzi company guards during a demonstration in Murang’a county on Friday. They were covering a demonstration by Gititu Secondary School students against the company's move to reclaim 45 acres of land it gave the institution a decade ago.

James Mburu of Nation Media and Julius Kariithi of Royal Media Services said the watchmen who attacked them retreated after the students fled.“They first cornered Kariithi and pushed him to the ground. They seriously beat him before a group of them turned to me,” said Mburu. Mburu sustained injuries on his chest and one of his legs while Kariithi was left with hand injuries.The students were confronted by tens of guards armed with clubs outside the horticulture company’s office in Makuyu...

Residents of Kakuzi Mitumbiri ward said they will do everything possible to prevent Kakuzi from taking over the land.“This land belongs to the school. The community should not be coerced to give it back to the company,” said MCA John Kiarie.