CS Mucheru condemns journalists’ assault at NASA meet

The Information, Communications and Technology Cabinet Secretary (CS), Joe Mucheru has strongly condemned an incident where a group of journalists was on Tuesday assaulted at a National Supper Alliance (NASA) event in Nairobi.

Mucheru said the government takes great exception to the unwarranted attack against the members of the press who were at the said venue to perform their legitimate duty in accordance with the Constitution.

It has come to my attention that several journalists have been roughed up by supporters of the National Super Alliance (NASA) while covering an event at the Wiper Party Headquarters in Nairobi today, he said.

The CS was referring to an incident where goons raided the venue of the meeting looking for the Citizen TV crew reportedly to vent their anger over the manner in which the TV station relayed results from the 290 polling stations in the just concluded presidential election.

The election saw President Kenyatta declared winner with more than 98 percent of the votes cast

The goons accosted Citizen TV’s anchor, Francis Gachuri and menacingly ejected him from the event accusing the station of having been part of a scheme to rig the election in favour of Jubilee. NTV’s, Jane Gatwiri was also caught up in the melee.

The CS said the Constitution guaranteed the media the freedom to exercise their right under article 34 and it was therefore unacceptable that NASA supporters went out of their way to contravene this constitutional provision.

As Cabinet Secretary responsible for the media sector, I condemn this act and assure the media that the government will continue to ensure that their right to perform their duties in accordance with the law is protected, said Mucheru.

Mucheru said his ministry was in collaboration with that of Interior investigating the incident with a view to ensuring that the perpetrators faced the full force of the law.

Source: Kenya News Agency