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Nkaissery using his military tactics to harass journalists

11 November 2015, 16:18 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Ugunja MP, Opiyo Wandayi has condemned the government’s decision of arresting the Nation Newspaper Parliamentary Editor, John Ngirachu over a story he wrote on alleged KES 3.8 billion questionable expenditure by Interior ministry in a day, raised by the Auditor General.

Wandayi, who is also the ODM Secretary for Political Affairs, condemned the Interior ministry Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery for overstepping his mandate by directing the arrest of Ngirachu and other two journalists from The Standard and The Star newspapers over the same matter.

“Nkaissery should be reminded that Kenya transited in 2010 upon the attainment of the new Constitution and should stop issuing empty threats because he has no powers as per the law to order for any arrest as it was in the past regimes,” said Wandayi.

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The Ugunja MP warned that the attack on media is an attack to democracy, and that what transpired “was to test waters” of what Kenyans should expect in the near future if they don’t rise up to resist an attempted dictatorial leadership.

“Jubilee is an incarnation of the dictatorial KANU leadership. What happened should not cow journalists in any way into submission. Nkaissery was only a mouthpiece of a collapsing system of government,” said Wandayi.

He accused Nkaissery of applying military tactics he got from the Military as a Major-General to intimidate and harass journalists.

“I caution Nkaissery that we (Parliament) approved his appointment as the Interior Cabinet Secretary and his hour of reckoning is coming when we will initiate the process of his sacking. You can’t gag Kenyans in this new Constitution dispensation,” warned Wandayi.    

Wandayi further said Jubilee government has failed in the fight against corruption, therefore, it should not launch war against the media for reporting on an accounted for billions of the taxpayers’ money in various ministries and departments.

“This is the government’s scheme to ensure all forms of corruption are kept in the dark ahead of the 2017 elections. The government should not blame anybody for attempting to bring it down as claimed by Nkaissery because it is bringing itself down through corruption,” said Wandayi.

Wandayi was addressing the press at Parliament Buildings. 

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