KENYA’S PRESIDENT DEFENDS MEDIA GAGGING MOVE


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President Uhuru Kenyatta has defended police Inspector General David Kimaiyo over recent claims that he was acting in a manner to suggest that he would curtail media freedom. The President spoke on Saturday during a thanks giving service on the appointment of Mr. Joseph ole Lenku as Cabinet Secretary for Interior and National Coordination at Loitikitok in Kajiado County.

President Kenyatta said the Inspector General only cautioned journalists over coverage that appeared to give too much publicity to the attackers.  The President pleaded with the media to act ethically and be sensitive to the families of those injured or killed in the terror attack.

“I have been to many countries but have never seen TV footage aired live as people are being shot,” he said. The President pointed out that the country’s security agencies work very hard even endangering lives and “should not be unnecessarily vilified”.President Kenyatta said while security is a key challenge, leaders, citizens and even the media should work together to ensure safety.

He affirmed his Government’s commitment to serve all Kenyans equally without discrimination. “Let us join hands in uplifting the standards of living of our people. Let us transform our country and improve our economy for that is the reason why Kenyans voted us into office,” the president said. The President said the Jubilee Government would fulfil all the campaign promises and asked leaders from across the political divide to work together for the betterment of the country.

President Kenyatta also asked Kenyans to embrace the Nyumba Kumi concept by knowing ten of their neighbours as a way of ensuring security is not breached.

He said the Nyumba Kumi initiative, implemented in neighbouring Tanzania, is a key pillar of the policing strategy and is aimed at restoring security in the country. President Kenyatta thanked the people of Loitikitok and Kajiado County for voting for him and the Jubilee to take the reins of power.

The President warned unscrupulous government officials against selling the subsidized fertilizer given by the Government to traders who would increase the prices. According to Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Felix Koskei, the price of DAP fertilizer is Sh. 2,500 while CAN will retail at Sh. 1,600.

The President disclosed that the Voi-Taveta road was being tarmacked and would be extended to Loitikitok. Interior and National Coordination Cabinet Secretary praised President Kenyatta for encouraging him even when ‘things appeared difficult’. “I will work with all my strength to ensure I serve well in the opportunity you have given me,” said Mr ole Lenku.

Kajiado Central MP Joseph ole Nkaissery said Jubilee would be the Government for a long time and ‘I will be part of that’. Legislators from across the country led by Othaya MP Mary Wambui said the President should not go to the ICC. ‘We will block the plane from leaving JKIA’ she said.

Source: Standard Digital

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