Citizen TV’s sports anchor, Waihiga Mwaura, has recounted how he was harassed by police in Rio after a case of mistaken identity.
According to the sultry talented sports journalist, he had just finished watching the 10,000 metres final at a restaurant with his crew when the incident happened.
They took a taxi but the taxi driver decided to use a short cut through a dangerous Ghetto.
“There were a lot of scantily dressed women walking around with their children and I kept wondering where they were coming from and where they were headed to at this ungodly hour.” he narrated.
As they were driving through the ghetto, they met police on a road-block and were ordered to come out of the car.
“I got out of the co-drivers seat andwalked over to one of the officers but before I could get close to him, he gestured to me to lift up my sweatshirt while brandishing a pistol in the other hand,” He added.
Police accused Waihiga and his crew of working in cahoots with taxi drivers to rob people around the Olympic village.
They tried to identify themselves claiming that they were journalists but their pleas fell on deaf ears.
The officers were demanding for passports which they didn’t have.
“We tried to show him our media accreditation, our HD camera, our tripod but he did not budge. He wanted to see passports and he wanted to see it now!!” Waihiga said.
However, police allowed them to continue with the journey after doing a thorough search on their car which had nothing suspicious.
“We quickly jumped into our car and sped off, glad that we would not spend a night in a notorious Brazilian jail that have a reputation of rough house treatment and violence among prisoners. Following the harrowing experience, we have resorted to wearing Kenyan branded attire and returning home as quickly as possible to avoid running into the dreaded military police again.” he added.