May 18, 2022

Government will not spare media propagating violence- CS Matiang’i

Interior CS Fred Matiang’i

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The government will shut down media stations propagating ethnicity and political violence, Interior CS Fred Matiang’i has said.
Matiangi said that the government was monitoring both mainstream and community stations to ensure they observe media ethics.
“We will shut you down in the best interest of this country. We have to uphold peace, and we will safeguard the stability of this country jealously without taking sides,” the CS said.
The CS was speaking in Ol Kalou town when he presided over the launch of Trinity FM and TV where he urged politicians to freely campaign without having to ask for permission from the government.
Matiangi also said that the state has arrested five people who stoned DP William Ruto’s motorcade in Busia.
“No one is allowed to disrupt meetings. We will arrest you and take you to court. Kenyans are now clever. They can choose their own,” he said, urging Kenyans to debate freely and receive all leaders equally as they sell their policies.
On Huduma Namba, the CS said that he will defend the initiative even to the Supreme Court, just as he defended digital migration that has now opened room for more than 60 community stations mainly based in the rural areas.
His ICT and Youth Affairs counterpart Joe Mucheru, who also graced the occasion at Trinity Methodist Church, noted the milestones the digital migration had made, to allow broadcasting in remote places such as Ol Kalou.
“The church as the new entrant in broadcasting, should take the mantle, separate the truth from fake news, while plugging into the technological advancements for economic growth,” added Mucheru.
Governor Francis Kimemia took the opportunity to woo investors into the county noting that the county stood a chance for growth and development.
Also present at the event were the Communication Authority of Kenya Director General Ezra Chiloba, Water and Sanitation, CS Sicily Kariuki, and Sports CAS, Zach Kinuthia, among others.
Trinity FM is the first community radio and TV within Nyandarua County.

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