Uhuru defends Kimaiyo over journalists' summons
Uhuru seen here with senior police officers led by Kimaiyo after a security meeting at State House, Nairobi. NAIROBI, Kenya Oct 26 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has defended police Inspector General David Kimaiyo over recent claims that he was acting in a manner to suggest that he would curtail media freedom. President Kenyatta said the Inspector General only cautioned journalists over coverage that appeared to give too much publicity to the attackers.
The President spoke Saturday during a thanks giving service on the appointment of Joseph ole Lenku as Cabinet Secretary for Interior and National Coordination at Loitikitok in Kajiado County. Kimaiyo has been under sharp criticism from media organizations, lawyers and rights groups after issuing summonses to Standard Group boss Sam Shollei and KTN journalists Mohammed Ali and John-Allan Namu over what he described as an ‘offending expose’ from the Westgate CCTV footage.
The summonses were however, cancelled soon after they were formally dropped to the journalists at the media station’s headquarters on Mombasa Road. The President pointed out that the country’s security agencies work very hard even endangering lives and “should not be unnecessarily vilified”.
President Kenyatta said while security is a key challenge, leaders, citizens and even the media should work together to ensure safety. He affirmed his Government’s commitment to serve all Kenyans equally without discrimination.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at CapitalFMSimilar Stories