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Nyong'o apologizes to Karangi, Matiang'i over CORD media snub

09 July 2014, 18:30 William Korir

Nairobi - ODM Secretary General and Kisumu senator Prof. Anyang Nyong'o has apologized to key government officials for claiming they authorized the media ban on Monday's Saba Saba rally.

Nyong'o was forced to apologize after he was asked to provide evidence that Kenya Defence Forces boss General Julius Karangi and Fred Matiangi, the Information, Communication and Technology Cabinet Secretary were behind the snub by television stations of the CORD rally.

All local television stations boycotted live broadcasts of the rally which took place Monday at Nairobi's Uhuru Park.

Nyong'o had insinuated Tuesday that the move to boycott the rally was as a result of the government enforcing a ban on media houses, a claim that was roundly refuted at the Senate.

On Wednesday, he apologized for his remarks, saying he had been ill advised on the matter.

CORD leader Raila Odinga had asked his supporters why a peaceful and lawful rally had not been covered by television stations, terming the move sinister.

" We want to know why we were given a blackout by television stations yet this was a very peaceful and lawful rally, he posed.

CORD leaders in the Senate had said they would follow the issue up in the National Assembly, terming it unfortunate and unfair for the country's media houses to take sides with the government, which had been against the Saba Saba rally from the onset.

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