Kenya police now threaten journalists over Westgate coverage
Inspector-General David Kimaiyo (right), flanked by CID Director Ndegwa Muhoro. In a bizarre twist, Kenya government has now trained its guns on the media coverage of the Westgate terror attack. Inspector-General of Police David Kimaiyo on Wednesday announced that journalists will be arrested and prosecuted over their coverage of the Westgate rescue operation.
The military however told Parliament that the soldiers were carrying water in the shopping bags and not looted goods. The Inspector-General’s announcement is the latest in a sustained assault on press freedom in Kenya in recent months, which has seen the tabling in Parliament of bills giving government control over media operations.
Mr Kimaiyo said investigative journalists from the privately-owned Kenya Television Network are among those to be arrested. He appeared to take umbrage at the insinuation that he was relieved of command during the operation against terrorists who massacred nearly 70 shoppers at the mall located in Westlands.
At the time, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced that Mr Kimaiyo remained in charge of the operation.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Africa Review KenyaSimilar Stories