Don't Panic, Uhuru Tells Media Fraternity


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Speaking in Mashuuru, Kajiado County, during a thanks giving ceremony for the election of Peris Pesi Tobiko as MP for Kajiado East constituency today, the President stated nobody had intention of gagging the media.

‘’I shall look at the Bill once it is forwarded to me with a view to identifying and addressing possible grey areas to ensure the new media law conforms to the constitution’’, he said.

However, the President advised journalists that freedom and responsibility go hand in hand adding free media should exercise professionalism, balance, fairness and decorum in news coverage.

He said that the Jubilee government was committed to empowering women and the youth to enable them play a rightful role in national building.

‘’We have put a lot of emphasis on women and youth empowerment. As a government we will continue to open leadership positions for women’’, he said.

The President cited recent cabinet appointments where women were given an opportunity to oversee key dockets including foreign affairs, defence, and devolution and planning among others.

“If all the women and youth in this country got opportunities to work with the government, we would reduce poverty’’, he said, adding that ‘’If you empower a women you have empowered a family and the nation’’.

The President also promised that the Mashuruu –Kajiado road will be rehabilitated to improve communication in the area.

Speaking at the same occasion, leader of majority Aden Duale warned politicians against making political mileage out of the recently passed Media Bill.

He said that the passing of the Communication Bill recently does not mark the death knell for a free media in the country.

Duale wondered why some parliamentarians in the opposition were quick to blame government for the passing of the bill yet they were unable to oppose the motion on the floor of the house.

He said that parliament has no intention of introducing draconian laws to muzzle critical voices as alleged by the opposition.

‘’We have no intention of gagging the media as this will be an affront to the freedom of expression which we all champion’’, said Duale.

The house majority leader announced that he will invite media practioners next week to a meeting with the Parliamentary committee on Communication to iron out all issues.

Others who addressed the function included, Governor Kajiado County Dr. David Nkendienye, Senator Peter Mositet , Members of Parliament Joseph Nkaissery and Moses ole Sakuda.


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