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Reporters cautioned against misreporting

02 August 2013, 12:12 Samuel Kisika

The Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairman and Budalangi constituency MP Hon. Ababu Namwamba has cautioned reporters against misreporting in their news coverage.

Speaking during PAC's meeting with the Ministry of Finance heads, Namwamba said that the committee was not pleased with the misreporting by The Standard Newspaper reporter's story published on July 31, 2013 on Vice President William Ruto's jet hiring saga under investigation.

"This Committee is not pleased with The Standard Newspaper reporter whose headline and story misreported 'Chegue book leaves used for Ruto Sh18 million jet trip go missing' contrary to the factual issues discussed during the meeting," said Namwamba.

Consult with the relevant speakers for clarifications

Namwamba said that in case the reporters are unable to clearly interpret or understand some issues during news gatherings, they should freely consult with the relevant speakers for clarifications before providing misleading, nonfactual and hurting information to the public.

Namwamba clarified that the misreported missing cheque leaves numbers 0855003 and 0855005 as written by the reporter were not missing but were instead read to the Committee during the session as evidence for recording.

He further clarified that during PAC's meeting, the committee did not discuss that President Kenyatta invoked the executive order in hiring Ruto's jet and his team on a tour to Nigeria, Congo, Gabon and Ghana in May this year as reported by the reporter.

Namwamba added that they highly respect and appreciate media's contribution to informing the public on various Parliament proceedings but urged them to professionally present information as per raised during the meetings.

The investigation into the controversial Ruto's jet hiring that allegedly cost over KES 100 million taxpayer's money was postponed to Aug 7, 2013.  

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