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CORD to punish MPs who voted for media gagging

17 October 2015, 09:17 William Korir

Nairobi - The CORD coalition will punish MPs who voted to have offensive laws against Kenya's media published for going against the coalition leadership's stand.

The coalition stated in a Press Statement that it would not stand by and see Kenya's freedom of expression killed by excessive and unfair thinking from MPs keen to kill off basic freedoms allocated to the media and Kenyans.

The MPs, under the Powers and Privileges Bill had sought a fine of KES 500,000 and or a jail term of 2 years for any journalist who was seen to be putting the name of the house in disrepute in the eyes of the MPs.

It basically hamstrung journalists from achieving their basic duties.

The party though, was unforgiving of the behaviour of some of their MPs who chose to vote for the laws.

" When we met in our Parliamentary group meeting, as a party we chose not to vote for the contentious laws but some of our MPs did against the word of the coalition,"a statement signed by Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama read.

Names of MPs who did so were not named but according to Muthama, their names are known and action will be taken.

"We as a coalition condemn the gagging of our media. The media is also good for our own individual satisfaction and achievement. Because self-expression is part of my individuality, if I cannot express myself, there is nothing that can distinguish James Orengo from an elephant in the Tsavo,” Muthama added.

The passing to the third reading of the Bill had been met with strict opposition from members of the media and the opposition.

It was due for the third reading but intervention from the House leaders, majority and minority chiefs Aden Duale and Jakoyo Midowo to have it re-tabled paid off.

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