- NTV Political editor Ben Kitli called out the legislator on his recent remarks after the “chaotic ” protests saw journalists injured.
- Earlier in the day, MP Ali had stated that journalists covering the Azimio protests on Thursday were embedded with po
Nyali MP Mohammed Ali has been put in the spotlight by his former colleagues for condemning the media on coverage of Azimio demos.
NTV Political editor Ben Kitli called out the legislator on his recent remarks after the “chaotic ” protests saw journalists injured.
Earlier in the day, MP Ali had stated that journalists covering the Azimio protests on Thursday were “embedded” with politicians.
He appeared to fault the journalists for what transpired on Thursday, a move that did not augur well with a section of Kenyans including Kitili.
“Look at this number plate closely its KDD 233D but taped KBB 233B. It’s not a media car it’s loaded with speakers, mistake the journalist did was to be embedded with politicians,” Ali said.
The UDA MP further said that journalists were on a dangerous trend, claiming they were guns for hire.
“Journalists must choose to report facts or be Azimio gun for hire, which they are,” Ali said.
Responding to the MP’s remarks, journalist Kitili said Ali was using technicalities to justify police deliberately attacking & maiming journalists
“Mhesh, you are a letdown to this profession. You are a lawmaker yet you’re using technicalities to justify police deliberately attacking & maiming journalists?! Dark days ahead. It’s particularly disappointing coming from you. Doctors who are politicians protect their profession,” he said.
In a video that has since gone viral, a police officer in plainclothes is seen breaking the window of a media vehicle before lobbing a teargas canister into the car.
The Law Society of Kenya has joined the growing list of entities that have condemned the police brutality that was meted on journalists as they covered Azimio demonstrations on Thursday.
President Eric Theuri termed the incident as “barbaric, repulsive and retrogressive” and said Inspector General of Police Japhet Koome should take the blame.
“It’s obvious media spotlight is preventing the police from using brutal force on protesters, hence intimidation of media. IG police should take responsibility. He has failed in his responsibility,” Theuri said.
The Media Council of Kenya, the sector regulator, said at least six journalists were injured during the attack at Kware in Pipeline, Embakasi South.