Journalists thrown out of Nyeri County Assembly for negative coverage
09 October 2015, 10:59
Nairobi - A group of journalists from Nation Media Group were on Thursday evening thrown out of the Nyeri County Assembly following an order by speaker David Mugo.
The four journalists led by regional Bureau Chief, Guchu Ndung’u, were immediately roughed up by the Sergeant-at-arms and his team of security guards.
The speaker issued the directives after a point of order was raised by Majority Leader Jesse Kamurii who said the media house has been reporting negative and unconfirmed reports about the County Assembly.
The MCAs were forced to set aside other normal businesses of the day to debate the issue.
“The media house has continuously discredited the Nyeri County Assembly members. They have deliberately and consistently misrepresented the MCAs,” said Kamuri.
He denied reports published by Daily Nation Newspaper that each MCA was set to receive KES 15 million to conduct civic education in their respective wards.
He further denied that each ward had received KES 6 million for development stating that the MCAs only passed a Ward Development Fund bill which was awaiting the Governor’s assent.
Kamuri complained that the media house had misrepresented the county assembly thrice since last month.
He was supported by Mahiga MCA Joel Macharia who said MCA’s security was at risk.
“Our security is jeopardized. Members of the public have a perception that we have a lot of money following media reports,” said Macharia.
Nominated MCA Regina Macharia asked the speaker to protect the MCAs from defamation.
In his ruling, Speaker Mugo accused the media house of ‘reporting unverified, malicious and diminishing’ news stories about the MCAs.
He threatened to sue the media house if they fail to apologize.
“I hereby order that the media house and its other outlets be excluded from accessing the county assembly proceedings and committee sittings until they offer an apology. I welcome criticism but I will not accept malice,” said the speaker.
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