Kenya: Kimaiyo Should Not Gag the Media
Kenyans are aware of the failures of their institutions and especially those of the police service headed by Inspector General David Kimaiyo which heads the list of government institutions considered the most corrupt and untrustworthy.
It is therefore shocking that instead of addressing the serious problems within the service, the IG wants to arrest and prosecute journalists for doing their work in an environment which Kenyans have fought for so long and so hard to have.
Kimaiyo’s actions are an attempt to muzzle the media whose responsibility it is to report on society, warts and all. His actions also confirm that the police are acting not in the interest of Kenyans but a select few individuals.
Accusations that the media is “unpatriotic’ and ‘not nationalistic” for exposing failures and weaknesses in government institutions fly in the face of the new constitution and are at variance with the aspirations of Kenyans.
Instead of abusing his authority to intimidate and arrest journalists for essentially doing their work, Kimaiyo and others of his ilk should follow the law . The Complaints Commission of the Media Council of Kenya exists to handle such complaints and that is where he should go instead of arresting journalists for telling Kenyans the truth. Anything else is retrogressive and self-defeating.
Quote of the day: “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” Pablo Picasso, a Spanish artist was born on October 25, 1881.
Source: The Star