In Summary
  • Media freedom is one of the liberties anchored in the Constitution.

  • Kenya’s Constitution has been hailed for its robust expression and guarantee of civil liberties.

  • Nearly a week after the senseless outburst, neither his boss, Mr Ruto, or any senior person in government has censured Mr Mugonyi.

When President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto took the oath office a few weeks ago, they committed to upholding the rule of law and promoting democratic practices.

Kenya’s Constitution has been hailed for its robust expression and guarantee of civil liberties. It is progressive and espouses independence of institutions.

Media freedom is one of the liberties anchored in the Constitution. Underlying this is the fact that a free and robust media is instrumental in achieving democratic ideals as it offers information to enable citizens to make intelligent decisions and participate in governance processes.

SACKING

However, we are perturbed by the recent threats against a Nation Media Group journalist by a spokesperson for the Deputy President, Mr David Mugonyi, who uncharacteristically derided him and went ahead to create the impression that he can order his sacking.

Mr Mugonyi is a trained journalist and understands the tenets of the profession. He works for a person and a government that has committed itself to respecting media freedoms as enshrined in law.

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