In Summary
  • Nasa leaders are disputing the integrity of the elections in which Mr Uhuru Kenyatta was declared presidential winner.
  • The utterances by Mr Orengo may lead to increased public mistrust of the mainstream media.

The Nation Media Group came under attack from opposition leaders who accused it of bias.

Siaya Senator James Orengo said the Daily Nation and NTV were deliberately ignoring the truth from the opposition side.

During a rally at Kamukunji Grounds in Kibra Constituency, Nairobi County, Mr Orengo asked the public not to watch NTV or buy the Daily Nation newspaper.

“From today, you should not buy the Nation newspaper. Do not watch NTV because it is not reporting the truth,” Mr Orengo told the crowd.

“Only the international media are doing so. No buying Nation newspaper or tuning to NTV until they start telling the truth.”

KILLINGS

It is only NTV that streamed Mr Orengo’s remarks live. The senator spoke in the presence of National Super Alliance leader Raila Odinga and other lawmakers.

He urged the foreign press to  “focus fully on the killings of innocent protesters ignored by the local media”.

“Foreign press have to know that Kenya is the only country that people are killed after elections,” Mr Orengo said.

ICT Cabinet Secretary Joseph Mucheru  termed the remarks unfortunate, uncalled for and irresponsible, saying not even in the darkest days of Kenya’s political history had a leader initiated such an assault on press freedom. 

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