Senator warns MPs against gagging media
20 October 2015, 18:41
Nyeri - Nyeri Senator, Mutahi Kagwe has warned parliamentarians over enactment of legislation seeking to gag the media.
said the controversial Parliamentary Powers and Privileges Bill tabled
by ODM MP Adan Keynan will retard Kenya’s social-economic development.
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
“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.
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
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.
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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