Commissioner challenges media to report accurately

The Isiolo County Commissioner (CC), George Natembeya has called upon the media to avoid being alarmist in reporting events, especially where communities were in conflict.

Natembeya criticized sections of the media for reporting that a number of Isiolo and Meru counties had fled their homes following a recent conflict.

There are no internally displaced people in the area and therefore the media should refrain from causing fear and tension in their reports, the CC said.

He said it was unfortunate that some criminal elements killed two traders along Kinna � Kiutine area and the further retaliatory attacks followed, leading to more deaths which the media had been exaggerating the figures instead of confirming the facts.

The CC urged reporters to confirm the facts with the security chiefs instead of rushing to publish inaccurate information.

Natembeya who visited Kiutine in Meru County with his Counterpart, Wilfred Nyagwangwa on Sunday said local people have already embarked on their normal activities, and denied reports that there were IDPs camping in a school as claimed by section of media.

He said that elders from both communities have been working closely with Garbatula Deputy County Commissioner (DCC), Kipchumba Rutto and his counterpart in Meru County to ensure peaceful co- existence.

Natembeya further said security officers are frequently patrolling Maua- Kinna road and appealed to residents to ignore any false news by the media.

Source: Kenya News Agency