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Senator warns MPs against gagging media

20 October 2015, 18:41 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - Nyeri Senator, Mutahi Kagwe has warned parliamentarians over enactment of legislation seeking to gag the media.

Kagwe said the controversial Parliamentary Powers and Privileges Bill tabled by ODM MP Adan Keynan will retard Kenya’s social-economic development.

Speaking at Kamukunji stadium in Nyeri town during Mashujaa Day celebrations, Kagwe stated that a Media Bill that was passed during President Kibaki’s regime was tabled in parliament after consultations with all stakeholders.

“The press needs freedom which is crucial for our development. Some laws will take the country behind and bring in dictatorship. Everybody needs freedom, not only politicians,” said Kagwe.

He however asked journalists to be the oversight institution of government and stop causing alarm among members of the public.

“Freedom of oversight in government is needed but let the media play it reasonably. No need of causing alarm and public outcry unnecessarily. Report facts,” said the former Minister of Information and Technology.

At the same time, Kagwe asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) to terminate cases against Deputy President William Ruto and journalist Joshua Sang.

Kagwe observed that the termination will lead to national cohesion as it will enable Ruto to focus on national development.

“The ICC should understand that it is public interest for the cases to be terminated because of our national cohesion,” said Kagwe.

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