Kenyan police have had to apologise to the China Global Television Network (CGTN) for carrying out a r**d at its bureau in Nairobi where several journalists and staff of the English channel Chinese media outlet were a******d.
Police said the r**d was founded on false information.
International media agency Reuters on September 6 quoted Police spokesperson Charles Owino as saying, “The r**d on the Chinese state-owned broadcaster was based on false information… We sincerely apologise for the mishap… Those d******d were released later.”
On Wednesday September 5, Police raided CGTN in what was alleged as a sting operation targeting immigration offenders. Foreign staff suspected of not having work permits were among those d******d.
The r**d by the plain clothes officers caught workers unaware leading to protests of harassment. The officers appeared to known their targets. Those a******d where taken to the Directorate of C******l Investigations (DCI) offices. They were later released.
A***d Police officers, about a dozen, with automatic w*****s, have raided the China Global Television Network Africa HQ in Nairobi, rounding up staff members and demanding identity/alien cards and work permits from mostly expatriates working here. They did not ID themselves.
— Saddique Shaban (@SaddiqueShaban) September 5, 2018
Reuters goes ahead to report that Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying confirmed the r**d during a news briefing in Beijing. According to Ms. Hua, several Chinese reporters and other staff members were a******d during the r**d.
She also confirmed that the Chinese embassy immediately complained to the Kenyan government and all the personnel were released on the same day.
“The Kenyan side has already apologised to the Chinese side about the improper law enforcement, and promised they will constrain the actions of police at the grassroots … and prevent such i*******s from happening again,” Ms. Hua said.
China also said it believed the r**d was part of a crack down on i*****l immigration and was not aimed or limited to Chinese citizens.
In recent months, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has intensified the w*r on immigration offenders by ordering the deportation of foreigners working in the country without proper documentation. The move has also seen immigration staff fired.
These i*******s come days after President Uhuru Kenyatta attended a summit in Beijing where China President Xi Jinping pledged a Ksh6 trillion financial package to Africa.
Kenya currently owes China Ksh534 billion. In total, the country owes Ksh5.1 trillion to local and international creditors.
The CGTN i******t also happens within the same cycle of a Chinese national being a******d and deported following r****t slurs against Kenyans.
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