Police in Mbeere on Saturday bundled into a lorry a group of journalists covering demolitions at the Bondoni area of Makima Ward in Mbeere South Sub county.
The nine from different media houses who were detained together with Nbeere legislator Geoffrey King’angi were roughed into the lorry depsite displaying their job identification cards.
William Kamau and Muriithi Mugo both from Standard Group, Citizen TV’s Peter Mungai and TV47’s William Moige were among those arrested but later released unconditionally.
Others were Dennis Fundi for Meru TV, Dan Ngari (UTV), Mary Wangari (Coro FM), Felix Ndambuki (Athiani FM), Brian Musyoka (County FM), and Josphat Mukundi a freelancer with Wimwaro FM.
The demolition excise which commenced on Friday 23rd April, has left over 5,000 families in Embu County homeless.
The mass demolition exercise conducted by the Tana and Athi Rivers Development Authority (TARDA) was backed by the authority who argue it was necessary as they were reclaiming what is termed as riparian land.
Despite complains from the residents, the exercise was seen through leaving business men and women counting losses while families lost their homes.