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Uhuru shines in the eyes of the media

21 October 2015, 15:29 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Despite stoking the wrong emotions during his Mashujaa Day Speech, President Uhuru Kenyatta made unlikely friends in the form of the media.

The President announced that he had turned down advances by Members of Parliament to invoke stringent laws on MPs during his speech Tuesday and that was met with joy and relief by members of the press.

The Kenyan Editor's Guild said Wednesday in a statement that the decision by the President was the right one and thanked him for denying it audience.

Last week, MPs passed the retrogressive Powers and Privileges Bill which proposed to bring in huge fines and jail terms for journalists accused of being in contravention of reporting laws in the house.

But the president shot it down in a move that has been welcomed by the fourth estate.

" The President has made a historic decision to ignore a Bill that would have infringed freedom of speech and expression that is a must in the eyes of the Constitution and we thank him for doing so," Linus Kaikai on behalf of the guild said.

The media also thanked the President for doing his very best to draw the line on the matter and in a public forum.

" The public show of his stand and decision is highly appreciated," he added.

The President said that MPs must take back the bill and ensure that the freedoms provided for to the media by the Constitution are respected.

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