Speaker Muturi summons journalists over graft claims at Parliament
SEE ALSO :IEBC to set date for Kibra mini pollHe recounted that as per his communication last week on investigatory mandate of committees, the information availed will help to further probe the matter. Pukose sought the Speaker’s intervention to bar the media house from covering Parliament, saying its journalists exploited the parliamentary immunity to malign ‘hon’ members. “This matter is weighty regarding the freedom of press in the coverage of plenary and committees. Scrutiny of Parliament is not a ticket to scandalize the institution. The report is questionable,” said Dr Pukose. He continued, “Instead of dealing with specific issues on the mandate of MPs, they condemned us based on rumours and hearsay. Media is a thankless lot.” Majority Leader Aden Duale (Garissa Township), Minority Leader John Mbadi and Adan Keynan (Eldas) has a field day and the waded on the matter and called for responsible coverage. Duale said media enjoys space in parliament and should not use the opportunity to disparage and inquire the reputation of parliament. “My party leader, President Uhuru Kenyatta said magazeti ni ya kufunga nyama. I don’t take newspapers seriously myself. That newspaper is somewhere in the butchery,” said Duale. He said journalists who cover parliament and specific and should be trained like those in the US congress. “They are seconded to various committee and therefore should focus on substantive issues. We are a very busy House,” he added. “How factual is it when you lamp some all MPs as compromised and receiving bribes. How do we talk to our constituents on integrity when 75 percent of MPs are receiving bribes? “Questioned Mbadi. He continued, “It is even ridicule when the Standard newspaper headline a story on MPs winning allowances war against SRC yet it was the Judicial Service Commission that went to court. Does JSC represent Parliamentary Service Committee (PSC) and now we are going to make millions.” He faulted that everything about parliament is negative, exceeding professionalism. “Journalists act out of emotions and pen sensational stories. They should respect the freedom of press. 418 MPs accused of graft is scandalizing us. The media should restrain,” said Mbadi. Keynan said they are not passengers in the governance structure and should be respected.
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