Cord wants to join case against Na­tion over Health min­istry audit

The gov­ern­ment wrote to the MCK de­mand­ing that the me­dia house ta­ble the ev­i­dence it has on the al­leged miss­ing cash

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Cord wants to be en­joined in a com­plaint filed at the Me­dia Coun­cil of Kenya by the gov­ern­ment against the Na­tion Me­dia Group over its cov­er­age of the pos­si­ble loss of money at the Min­istry of Health.

In a let­ter to the coun­cil, Cord CEO Nor­man Ma­gaya said the coali­tion wants to par­tic­i­pate in the pro­ceed­ings as an in­ter­ested party be­cause the gov­ern­ment is not a pri­vate en­tity.

He termed the com­plaint “a thinly veiled at­tack on me­dia free­dom and one that is cal­cu­lated to gag the me­dia for ex­pos­ing the dirty deals of wala nyama”.

“Our po­si­tion is that the Ju­bilee co- ali­tion has con­ceived, bred and nur­tured cor­rup­tion as one of its key per­for­mance in­di­ca­tors,” Ma­gaya said.

“In the un­likely event that it de­cides to set this mat­ter down for a hear­ing, we wish to in­form you that we will come on record as an in­ter­ested party with a view to help­ing the coun­cil ar­rive at an in­formed de­ci­sion.”

On Wed­nes­day, ICT Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary Joe Mucheru lodged a com­plaint with the Me­dia Coun­cil against the Na­tion, protest­ing the de­pic­tion of the gov­ern­ment as “cor­rupt, in­ept and made up of thieves”.

The min­is­ter sin­gled out NTV for a se­ries of its broad­cast ‘Sys­tem ya Ma­jam­bazi’.

“Busi­ness Daily and NTV must be com­pelled to show where, in the in­terim [Health min­istry audit] re­port, it is stated that Health min­istry of­fi­cials stole more than Sh5.3 bil­lion... We hope they will ta­ble any proof they have,” Mucheru said.

But yes­ter­day, Ma­gaya claimed Ju­bilee has no rep­u­ta­tion to be de­famed.

“This is a gov­ern­ment that has em­balmed cor­rup­tion as part of its DNA and it cel­e­brates the cor­rupt in its ranks,” he said.

The lawyer said the gov­ern­ment is pri­vate prop­erty be­long­ing to all Kenyans and no in­di­vid­ual can ar­ro­gate to him­self the mo­nop­oly of pur­port­ing to feel in­fringed upon and raise a claim of defama­tion.

We hold the view, Ma­gaya said, that Mucheru’s com­plaint is an­chored in a mis­taken view that the gov­ern­ment is a sanc­tu­ary that should not be scru­ti­nised and held to ac­count.

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