A cameraman attached to Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) has been injured after he was allegedly assaulted by police officers for filming them assaulting a motorist in Nakuru.
Veteran KBC cameraman Simon Ben was accosted by a policeman as he recorded three officers who pounced on a motorist who accused a cop of damaging his vehicle in Barbanas area.
An argument had ensued between one of the cops and an unnamed irate motorist on the busy Nakuru-Naivasha highway as many Kenyans rushed home for the Christmas festivities.
The motorist was reportedly heading to Njoro before he was stopped by a traffic cop who went ahead and reportedly hit and damaged his Isuzu double cabin car resulting in an argument.
The officer, who was controlling the heavy traffic at Baranabas in Nakuru allegedly hit his vehicle using his swagger stick.
In the resulting argument, the said officer is seen manhandling the agitated motorist as they exchange bitter word before two other police officers join in and start assaulting the motorist.
It is during this scuffle that an officer accosted Simon and injured him while confiscating his mobile phone forcing him to seek treatment at Nakuru Provincial General Hospital.
According to Ben, it took the intervention of Nakuru County Police Commander Tito Kilonzi for him to get back his damaged mobile phone from the Nakuru Central Police Station.
“I reported the matter to Mwariki police but they said the matter is complex and referred me to Central where I recorded the statement and treated at PGH but I lost another cellphone at the scene,” Ben said.
However, the state and fate of the male motorist who was filmed being assaulted by three police officers remains unclear.
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