In Summary
  • Jubilee has constantly demonstrated its contempt for the media and, in the process, for the Constitution.
  • Jubilee may not hold the Constitution in high regard but the Constitution and the courts will still insist on compliance

The much-anticipated Uhuru Park 'swearing-in' of Raila Odinga passed off peacefully but Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i is reluctant to accept and move on.

The decision to withdraw police and allow the public to enter the park was prudent and conciliatory.

Thousands of Kenyans showed that left alone, they can assemble peacefully and steward themselves.

Had a similar decision been made in November when Mr Odinga returned from abroad, countless lives and livelihoods would have been saved.

MEDIA SHUTDOWN
However, Jubilee government appears to have an extraordinary ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory due to its acidic tendency to flex its muscles and seek revenge.

Instead of taking the plaudits for their discretion, they shot themselves in the foot by shutting down three independent news channels and allowing KBC and K24, the Kenyatta family channel, to proceed and report on everything but the Uhuru Park event.

It was like rolling back the clock to the Nyayo era. Mr Daniel Moi must have felt vindicated and rejuvenated.

REPRESSION
The repression has not ended there, with the CS branding the National Resistance Movement (NRM) a proscribed organisation like Al-Shabaab and Chinkororo and later announcing that the TV stations will remain closed.

Further threats suggest that you risk arrest for watching these news channels on YouTube.

Perhaps an Internet shutdown is not beyond conjecture.

Jubilee has constantly demonstrated its contempt for the media and, in the process, for the Constitution.

Former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga, in a recently-posted tweet, offered to give Dr Matiang’i “free lessons on critical provisions of the Constitution that pertain to his docket”.

However, the CS is unlikely to take up that generous offer.

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