An unknown number of foreigners working at China Global Television Network (CGTN) offices in Nairobi have been arrested by immigration officers in the ongoing crackdown on illegal immigrants.
The officers are said to have bundled the foreigners out of the station’s headquarters in Nairobi’s Kilimani area.
The plain clothed officers paralysed operations after ordering staff not to move as they combed the building floor to floor.
Sources say the officers demanded foreigners verify their documents and work permits.
CGTN Africa is the African bureau of China Global Television Network, the English-language news channel run by Chinese state broadcaster China Central Television.
Through a tweet sports journalist Sadique Shaban condemed the matter in which the officers handled the matter.
“The police stormed the @cgtnafrica newsroom with guns, apparently looking for foreigners.Having seen a similar undercover raid police incident with KTN in 2006, we asked that the police identify themselves. They refused and attempted to make arbitrary arrests. Armed Police officers, about a dozen, with automatic weapons, 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,” he said.
Several Chinese workers at the media house were arrested in the raid.
Don’t expect to see Africa Live 10GMT bulletin today. It was cancelled after Kenyan immigration officials raided CGTN Africa HQ earlier this morning checking work permits. Colleagues demanded officials identify themselves, they refused and rather tried intimidate staff pic.twitter.com/yZGDzNWINY
— Vauldi Carelse (@vauldicarelse) September 5, 2018