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Thursday, 06 June 2013 10:06

CCI Condemns Ejection of Journalists From Parliament

CCI Condemns Ejection of Journalists From Parliament

The Coalition for Constitution Implementation (CCI) has said that it will petition the Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi over the closure of the Media Center at the Parliament Buildings.

CCI said that the move was against the constitutional provision on the Freedom of Information that is guaranteed by the law.

 

“CCI reminds the office of the Speaker that Article 35 of the constitution guarantees Kenyans right to information through any form including ICT and mainstream media and this move is not only an affront to the constitution but the epitome of impunity and the classic example of Legislative Dictatorship,” said Cidi Otieno, the Executive Director of CCI.

 

Otieno said that the move by the National Assembly to kick out media from the Parliament Media Center allegedly to create space for a departmental committee is disappointing.

 

“It is very unbelievable that the National Assembly can afford to take such action considering that the facility was facilitated by US Government through SUNY.”

 

He added, “The announcement from the House Business Committee chaired by the Speaker and coming weeks after the leader of Government Business Aden Duale warned the media of unspecified action due to the media coverage on the MP's pay saga speaks volumes on the direction Parliament was taking in reversing the gains made by promulgating the constitution of Kenya in 2010”.

 

CCI state that the move is linked to the push of MPs for a pay rise and assured the speaker that Kenyans “shall not tire to oppose the move”.

 

By Koome Kimonye

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