The Daily Nation At It Again With Their Usual Propaganda!

Please just read the following newspaper articles all of which emanate from the so called national newspaper in Kenya going by the name ‘The Daily Nation’ in one day! Have your own say!!

Here we go :


48 hours to seal the winning deal

Party supporters in frenzy ahead of rallies


How ICC and Raila created ‘coalition of the accused’

TNA-URP deal seen as solution to perennial ethnic clashes

Will Kalonzo entry swing the vote for Raila?


15 comments on “The Daily Nation At It Again With Their Usual Propaganda!


    The Kenyan media can go jump into Lake Victoria or the Indian Ocean! Let them be killed! I SHALL NEVER raise my voice on their behalf again after they decided to adopt a Boa Constrictor as their pet! Let them be constricted to death!!

    Press freedom in peril after MPs approve new Bill

    Parliament Thursday hastily voted to place the free media under a politically appointed tribunal and imposed harsh penalties against journalists under the most repressive press law in Kenya’s history.

    The Bill gives the government power to kick journalists out of the media and to raid the accounts of media houses and journalists judged to be in breach of the code of conduct.

    Effectively, the code is to be written by the government because the job is given to a team which is appointed by a panel picked by the Cabinet Secretary.

    It creates perhaps the only body in Kenya with absolute power: The proposed media tribunal is expressly allowed by the Bill to do whatever it wants to ensure that its orders and directives are effected.

    Parliament is allowed by the Constitution to write a law regulating the media by setting and monitoring compliance of rules. However, the Constitution prohibits the control of such a body by the government, political or commercial interests.

    The Constitution also prohibits the state from controlling the media in any way whatsoever.

    According to the Constitution, it is illegal for the government to “interfere with any person engaged in broadcasting, the production or circulation of any publication or the dissemination of information by any medium”.

    It also bans the state from penalising anyone for any opinion or view.

    Sixty MPs, or 17 per cent of the National Assembly, passed the Kenya Information and Communication Bill last evening, dealing a serious blow to efforts to create an open and progressive society.

    MPs, without much debate, accepted a proposal by the Energy, Information and Communication Committee chaired by Mr Jamleck Kamau for the creation of the Communications and Multimedia Appeals Tribunal.

    The tribunal will have the power to “impose a fine of not more than Sh20 million on any respondent media enterprise…adjudged to have violated either that law or the Code of Conduct for the Practice of Journalism.”

    It will also have the power to fine individual journalists “not more than Sh1 million” for violating the same code.

    In some interpretations, the fine is a debt and the offending person and organisation will have their back accounts raided or property auctioned.

    The tribunal also has the power to recommend the suspension or removal of a journalist from the register of journalists.

    This contradicts the Constitution which prohibits Parliament from passing any law limiting the freedom of the press.

    Proposed by Mr Kamau, the creation of this tribunal was among amendments introduced with a mere 28 MPs in the chamber.

    Only a handful shouted aye when the vote was called. But since no one shouted “nay”, the absence of opposition was assumed to mean that the members were unanimous.

    As they were going through the amendments, Majority Leader Aden Dualle and Mr Kamau realised that the Bill was not going to be passed without the quorum of 50 MPs and they rushed out to get the rest.

    “This is a controversial and good law but the members are not here. This House is more full when passing other Bills,” Mr Dualle said later.

    After that, the 32 who hadn’t been in the House came in and helped bring the numbers up to 60 and then Speaker Justin Muturi called for the verbal vote, the ayes had it and the Bill was passed.

    Among the tribunal’s powers would be to order the offending editor of broadcast, print or online material to publish the tribunal’s decision in any way it may specify.

    The tribunal will have no more than seven members. The chairperson will be a nominee from the Judicial Service Commission and shall be a person qualified for appointment as a judge of the High Court with experience in communication policy and law.

    There will be at least four more members, who will be people with knowledge and experience in media, telecommunication, postal courier systems, radio communications, information technology or business practice and finance.

    These people should, however, not be employees of either the Media Council or the Communications Authority, the successor of the current Communications Commission of Kenya.

    New media law myopic, vengeful and extremely dangerous for this country

    I was horrified Thursday by Parliament’s secretive and immoral efforts to take the country back to the dark days of dictatorship.

    As I write this, MPs have just passed a law which takes our democracy many years into the past.

    They have voted to shackle an otherwise vibrant and largely responsible media because they do not have the wisdom to see that an unfettered media are a blessing, not a scourge.

    I haven’t read the amendments, but from the briefings I have received, MPs, in a hurried session, amended the Kenyan Communication Bill to create a parastatal which will be in charge of regulating the media.

    There will be a complaints commission whose members will be appointed by the Cabinet secretary.

    What this means, in practice, is that the government, through the Cabinet Secretary will generally be in charge of regulating the media.

    Secondly, the Bill, which the President will most likely sign, provides very severe punishment for media houses and journalists if they breach a code of conduct.

    That code of conduct is of course written and will be enforced by the government, through its complaints commission. Heavy fines will be placed on individual journalists, including being barred from practising journalism.

    Now, the MPs, who have taken the media fraternity down the garden path, must be congratulating themselves for their cleverness in hitting back at the media which caused them untold suffering in the course of seeking higher pay and cutting lucrative deals.

    I want to tell MPs that this unconstitutional Bill is shortsighted and possibly also short-lived. In national life, it is always a mistake to gerrymander the law to suit momentary interests.

    In the last government, it was alleged that ODM used various devices to influence the creation of constituencies in a way that was most generous to the Rift Valley, and to some extent, Western and Nyanza, but very mean to Eastern.

    Come the election in 2013, Rift Valley was lost and Western was so-so. Only a chunk of Eastern stood with ODM. And so, if the reports were true, ODM created a monster which ate it at the election.

    MPs need to know that life is not just about salaries. As national leaders, they must care for more than just their stomachs and a need to settle scores. Leadership requires an ability to rise above base instincts and to allow one’s actions to be guided by wisdom rather than village-idiot instinct.

    For the rest of us, free media are our guarantee of rights and watchdog against an avaricious, destructive and war-mongering political class.

    All the problems we have as a country today, including the cringe-inducing farce playing out in the international arena, is the direct result of the foolishness, thirst for power and greed of our leaders.

    Of course we also play a part in being so tribal as to be incapable of rational thought, but the engine of our troubles is the people we have elevated above us.

    Left to themselves, politicians would bankrupt the country and take us back to hunting and gathering. Their blind desire for unearned wealth is the reason Kenya is ranked among the most corrupt places on earth.

    But in every society, we can’t leave our welfare and rights to the good nature of our leaders. Good-natured people don’t succeed in politics.

    In the face of relentless public scrutiny, even the best among politicians would go rogue in a matter of minutes. Everyone is on their best behaviour if there is a danger of being found out.

    By silencing the media, politicians know they can do whatever they like with impunity. No one will ever know.

    Now, why is this law dangerous? I have been a journalist all my life. I have attended six universities, four internationally and two locally to learn about journalism. I understand journalism from its psychology to its institutional operations and I can tell you that as a human endeavour, it cannot take place under government supervision or under institutional caveat.

    And our free press has done more for our country – fighting dictatorship, exposing corruption and challenging the violation of human rights – perhaps more than any other institution in our history.

    Now Jubilee has taken that away.


    • I think press freedom been very important in moving Kenya beyond the days of Moi. This is a very retrograde move and it will be regrettable if it stands. One thing I found interesting is the manner in which the bill was passed and the number of MPs involved. These suggest that in the next elections Kenyans maybe should exercise more caution in who they elect and when and how the MPs go about their business.


    • Ati Macharia Gaitho is pissed off! Jeeez!

      President Uhuru Kenyatta shares a light moment with Ms Jamila Mohamed of NTV when he hosted the Editors’ Guild Media Breakfast at State House, Nairobi. The evidence tendered for the alleged honeymoon between government and media is the State House breakfast in July where I played a prominent role as chairman of the Kenya Editors’ Guild. PHOTO/FILE

      These obnoxious Bills couldn’t have gone so far without official sanction

      By Macharia Gaitho

      I supposed we, the media, ought to be grateful that President Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto have heard our pleas.

      I’m not impressed.

      The question is how did such an obnoxious law as the Kenya Information and Communications Act navigate its way through all the process to win passage in Parliament in the first place?

      How did the equally reprehensible Media Council Bill make its way through all the processes to the debate state?

      I don’t know who will review the anti-media laws and determine whether they are unconstitutional and not worth presidential assent.

      The same individuals or organs that shepherded the proposed laws in the first place and determined them suitable would be inclined to judge them kosher.


      We are seeing a lot of buck-passing and finger-pointing from Information, Communications and Technology Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, Majority Whip Aden Duale, and the chairman of the relevant departmental committee, Mr Jamleck Kamau.

      When the s**t hit the fan, each started calling media contacts to say “it wasn’t me”, pointing fingers at one or both of the others, and every which way but up.

      All three left their fingerprints in the changes that bastardised the drafts approved after many rounds of consultations involving the media, the ministry, the parliamentary committee and the Commission for Implementation of the Constitution.

      I refuse to believe that any legislation would reach that far with the Cabinet in the dark.

      These Bills designed to silence the media and therefore take away the rights of every Kenyan to receive and impart ideas, opinions and information are not freelance initiatives.

      Dr Matiang’i, Mr Duale and Mr Kamau are Jubilee government agents shepherding Motions and Bills that must have been approved by the Cabinet.

      If the contentious laws somehow by-passed the Cabinet and the sharp legal mind of Attorney-General Githu Muigai, then something is very wrong with the way this government is run.


      Kenyans must understand any attempt to gag the media is usually just the beginning of an onslaught aimed at silencing Kenyans and taking us back to the bad old days of monolithic rule and oppression that criminalised all independent thought and actions.

      I have seen a wide variety of comment on social media and elsewhere and discerned an interesting pattern.

      From the right, many of President Kenyatta’s supporters posting on Facebook and Twitter are emphatic that a ‘rogue’ media must be firmly put in its place until it learns to respect authority.

      From the left, opposition supporters and civil society accuse the media of reaping what it sowed for allegedly abdicating its watchdog role and going into bed with the Jubilee government.

      Both sides see things in virulently partisan terms, in either black or white, and are blind to the vast sea of grey hues in-between.

      To Mr Kenyatta’s supporters, a media that does not bend to the President’s will must be acting at the behest of opposition leader Raila Odinga and must therefore be silenced.

      They refuse to see the simple point that gagging the media means gagging themselves.

      I wonder where they will direct their vitriol if the President listens to sober counsel and declines assent to dictatorial laws.

      From the other side, a media that did not declare Mr Odinga the winner of the disputed presidential election can only be in President Kenyatta’s pocket.

      This particular viewpoint pisses me off, and here I must declare my interest.


      The evidence tendered for the alleged honeymoon between government and media is the State House breakfast in July where I played a prominent role as chairman of the Kenya Editors’ Guild.

      I don’t regret honouring that breakfast invitation because I know that no pact was struck; and it was an opportunity to publicly raise with the President concerns about the proposed media laws.

      Anybody who actually cared to listen to what was said will attest to this.

      Any newsman would be foolish to snub key decision-makers on partisan grounds.

      We will continue to engage with the President and the Deputy President, the leader of the opposition, Cabinet secretaries, Members of Parliament and all other parties holding public office or leadership positions.


    • Macharia Gaitho, once upon a time a wise man from the west NOT from the east reminded us just days to the general elections thus:

      “Choices have consequences”

      Do you still remember those few words from the wise man from the west, bwana Macharia Gaitho?

      And I thought we elected a civilian government. What is the military doing behind the president and his deputy every time each of the duo are making a trip to some place? The military belongs to the barracks and has no business offering escort services to the president and his deputy. That is the work of the police!! Look at the way the DPPS is milking it!

      William Ruto and his Ethiopian host had chilling messages on media freedom

      Deputy President William Ruto and Airforce Commander Major General Joff Otieno at Wilson Airport before Mr Ruto left for Ethiopia for the African Media Leaders Forum. PICTURE REBECCA NDUKU/DPPS

      By Macharia Gaitho

      I learnt last week that Ethiopia has amongst the most liberal and progressive media laws in Africa. Its constitution guarantees freedom of media alongside all the other basic civil and political rights.

      Ethiopia, we were told by Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Makonnen, has no journalists in jail contrary to Western propaganda.

      If there were any journalists who had ended up on the wrong side of the law, they were tried and jailed, not because of anything they wrote, published or broadcast, but because they were “clandestine terrorists”.

      The Deputy Premier told delegates at the African Media Leadership Forum in Addis Ababa last Friday that with the terrorist threat, national security remained of paramount importance. Journalists or anyone else who crossed the line, he assured a stunned audience, would continue to suffer the severest penalties.

      Listening keenly as the Ethiopian leader spoke was his Kenyan counterpart, Deputy President William Ruto, who had been drafted in late in the day to deliver the keynote address after President Uhuru Kenyatta decided to snub the meeting despite advance confirmation.

      Mr Makonnen had introduced to the audience a new term in the lexicon, “clandestine terrorist”, and that was after Mr Ruto in the keynote address before him had come up with his own gem: “Media assassins”.

      The two leaders had kept the audience waiting for quite a while before making their entrance into the conference hall.

      READ: Establish own media network, Africa urged

      One can only imagine that they were rehearsing a coordinated tag-team counter-attack to the media freedom issues in their respective countries that had dominated the first day of the forum.

      Repression of the media is commonplace in Ethiopia. The forum organised by the Nairobi-based African Media Initiative took place against the backdrop of a boycott campaign over the choice of venue.

      At least seven Ethiopian journalists are serving lengthy jail terms under terrorism laws. Dozens have fled into exile or opted to pursue safer occupations in a country that stands atop the ranks of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists.

      The Ethiopian Government, as seen in the opening remarks from Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on the first day, remains unapologetic. It is terrorists it throws into the dungeons, not journalists.

      Kenya, by contrast, has always been a media paradise. Despite occasional excesses and clampdowns, free-wheeling culture and traditions anchored by liberal constitution regime have allowed a free media to blossom.

      Mr Ruto seemed to have come to Addis Ababa to disabuse all such notions, and impress his Ethiopian hosts in the midst of a raging debate over Kenya’s tough new anti-media laws.

      A speech that bore all the hallmarks of President Kenyatta’s most hardline strategists, was heard in stunned silence as the audience tried to digest a message that seemed to hark back to the era of the Jomo Kenyatta and Daniel arap Moi one-party dictatorships.

      The speech sought to lend an intellectual sheen to repression, arguing that campaigns for media freedom and freedom of expression that formed the theme of the conference were, in fact, foreign, Western, imperialistic “narratives”.

      Remember the old tirades against “agents of foreign masters” beloved of Kenyatta 1 and Moi that always signalled the launch of any crackdown against dissenting voices?

      That was what Mr Ruto brought to Addis. His message was that anyone agitating against repressive media laws and against curbs on freedom of expression, speech, association, assembly and other guarantees in the Bill of Rights was not a patriotic and loyal Kenya, East African and African; but a tool and agent of imperial and neo-colonial powers.

      It was a frightening message, to put it mildly. Mr Ruto found time in his address to make the pro-forma assurances that the freedom of media in Kenya is guaranteed and there is no chance of reversal to repression.

      But his cardinal message was heard. We are all agents of foreign interests, and therefore fair game to be treated as traitorous, treasonous, saboteurs.

      With that mindset, the announcement that the media laws will not get President Kenyatta’s assent is not very reassuring.


  2. The Nation Media Group aka the Daily Nation should stop selling and recycling to Kenyans a non-existent story about Uhuru job offer keeping Raila waiting. What rubbish and hogwash!!

    If the Daily Nation has nothing factual to report and write home about Raila, then it better shut-up than try feeding us on hearsay and trash like this below:

    “There was a job in the diplomatic circles, yes, but the President is yet to meet Mr Odinga to firm this up,” said the official close to both leaders.

    Was this story not already reported weeks ago? What exactly has changed since then that made the DN feel like updating us? Nothing has changed in this story since it first came up and hence the DN should stop reporting its usual propaganda clothed as latest news!

    What a useless, propaganda media house. If only the Standard Media could wake up for once from their deep slumber, the NMG would be banished forever from being a mainstream media house.

    What a gutter press the NMG has become ever since Moi was defeated! One would think that helping kick Moi from power was their sole mission. Ever since that mission got accomplished and the power returned to the right house, the NMG has decided to go gutter every single day!

    What a shame!

    Uhuru job offer keeps Raila waiting

    Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has not announced his next move because President Uhuru Kenyatta has kept him waiting over a State job.

    Officials close to the presidency told Saturday Nation the promise made by Mr Odinga two weeks ago was hinged on an appointment he had secured with President Kenyatta, which had not materialised.

    “There was a job in the diplomatic circles, yes, but the President is yet to meet Mr Odinga to firm this up,” said the official close to both leaders.

    He said it was only after digesting what exactly the job entailed that the former PM would make up his mind about his future.

    President Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto have been keen to have Mr Odinga, who came second in the March 4 poll and unsuccessfully challenged the result in the Supreme Court, take up a state job — most likely that of a Special Envoy.

    He is said to have been considering this alongside joining Parliament, re-organising the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy from outside the House and starting a foundation similar to those of Kofi Annan, Al Gore and Bill Clinton.

    But Friday, speculation was rife the 68-year-old politician, who has kept away from public limelight since his return from London early this month, could also be considering retirement as an option after it emerged he was writing memoirs.

    Working on memoirs

    An MP from Siaya County, who did not want to be seen to be supporting a possible retirement of Mr Odinga, who enjoys euphoric support in Nyanza, told Saturday Nation: “Mzee is currently working on his memoirs, this is what he spends most of his time on these days, whether he is in Bondo, Kisumu or Nairobi.”

    Another senior aide also confirmed he was writing his autobiography.

    It is common practice for leaders who have been in public service for long to write books about their encounters when opening another chapter in life.

    However, some Cord leaders have been hostile to any suggestion of Mr Odinga leaving the political scene, saying, it was a ploy by his rivals to inherit his traditional constituency.

    Prof Fredrick Wanyama, a political scientist, termed Mr Odinga’s attempt to marshal the Cord team into a formidable opposition in the bicameral legislature from outside Parliament a mission impossible.

    “It is hard to do this from outside. It is like leading from behind, which in the end will make his influence wane,” he argued.

    The last time Mr Odinga was seen in public talking politics was when he returned from London after attending a business summit where he criticised Chief Justice Willy Mutunga for the Supreme Court judgment. He took issue with the CJ for the court’s decision to throw out his presidential petition.

    To make his presence felt in the political scene, his allies have put up a strong case for his return to Parliament although he has shown no express interest in it.

    When he attended a funeral in Busia County two weeks ago, area senator Amos Wako told him to reconsider his stance.

    But Mr Odinga shrugged off the former AG’s request. “I want to tell them Raila has a lot of things to do. It is not a must I be where some of my people are proposing me to be to serve Kenyans,” he said.

    Some of his allies like Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba have insisted that going back to Parliament would diminish the Cord leader’s stature.

    “We have no problem with whatever role he takes up so long as it is in tandem with his hard-earned reputation and status.”

    Rarieda MP Nicholas Gumbo said Mr Odinga should be left to decide his future alone.

    “He needs time off to make a decision because whichever he settles on, it will have vital repercussions,” he said, while acknowledging that the three-time presidential contender was under pressure to return to Parliament.

    Political analyst Herbert Kerre said Mr Odinga will be useful in Africa and the world even in retirement.

    “He is an elder statesman who enjoys considerable admiration in Kenya and in the world for his strong ideals and consistency in the push for good governance in Africa,” he said.

    Mr Odinga’s retirement would reverberate across the country and open the door for jostling in ODM and Cord right from his Luo Nyanza turf where he has had a vice-like grip since the death of his father Jaramogi Oginga Odinga in 1994.

    It would also be a test for the marriage between ODM, former Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper Democratic Movement and Senate minority leader Moses Wetang’ula’s Ford-Kenya.


    • I knew the NMG was making all this stuff up! It did not take even more than a day for the truth to come out!

      Real gutter press!

      Raila rules out job deal with Uhuru team


      “Our sister publication, Saturday Nation, reported at the weekend that Mr Odinga has not announced his next move because President Uhuru Kenyatta had kept him waiting over a State job.

      “There was a job in the diplomatic circles, yes, but the President is yet to meet Mr Odinga to firm this up,” an official close to both leaders had told the Saturday Nation. Other politicians close to the former Prime Minister said he was writing his memoirs.”


      “But at the weekend, Mr Odinga said that during his talks with the President, he had asked Mr Kenyatta to nurture the culture of opposition politics by resisting attempts to poach from those constitutionally charged with the task of checking the government.

      “Accepting a job in government negates the very ideals enshrined in our Constitution,” he said and dismissed reports that he was being offered a government job as “propaganda”.”


      “And while speaking at the Lutheran Cathedral Church in Nairobi on Sunday where he attended a church service, Mr Odinga dismissed as rumours reports that he had been kept waiting for a job by Mr Kenyatta.

      “No one has kept me waiting; no one can do that any way. But let me stress here that I have not been offered a job, I have also not asked for any,” he told the congregation.”



  3. Can the national media please give Kenyans a break from the so called and disputed President elect and Deputy President elect as long as the Supreme Court is still adjudicating on the disputed results of the 2013 General Elections.

    Otherwise, the information the national media is churning out at this moment about the duo claiming to be in charge of the government amounts to gross misinformation of the Kenyan public and is as such criminal in nature and triable in a court of law in public interest!!

    Whatever happened to the media in Kenya!!


    • I know that Adongo has posted this elsewhere, but I re-post it here too.

      It may be digitalised generation but the script is a blast from the past

      A few days ago, Prof Ngugi wa Thiong’o wrote that the real winner in the recent presidential elections was Daniel arap Moi.

      How right he was; but even he could not have guessed how soon Nyayo tendencies would re-emerge.

      The Moist script is familiar; and for those of us who cut our teeth opposing dictatorship in the 1980s and 1990s, it is eerie. It starts with controlling messaging so that the dominant voice is one of suppression and censorship: The less people know, the better.

      Our press fell into that trap a few weeks ago, suppressing any voice, image or fact that would expose the IEBC and the shambolic way it conducted the polls. So much so that it was praised for “being responsible,” in much the same way Moi regularly praised the Voice of Kenya and Kenya Times.

      Then, unable to control the foreign press that was the only source of credible and accurate information, government operatives turned to threats.

      This was a common tactic in the Moi years, when a number of foreign journalists were deported for critical reporting. Many were harassed and threatened openly.

      Following this, we hear loud lamentations for peace and “moving on” despite the fact that the election process will only be concluded when the Supreme Court decides on cases before it.

      This is reminiscent of Moi’s infamous slogan of “peace, love and unity” and his constant reminders that we should be grateful that we were not Somalia, Ethiopia or Sudan and Uganda even as repression, corruption, and impunity went on unhindered, benefiting a select few.

      A major part of the Moi script was the obvious and pre-emptive presence of armed police, ready to pounce on people perceived to challenge his authority. It was one way of intimidating the populace.

      The scenario has begun replicating itself. From the time election results were announced, armed police on lorries are everywhere, including Supreme Court premises. We are now not sure if these are the reforms Chief Justice Willy Mutunga would like to be associated with, especially given his well known mantra that these are “people’s courts.”

      This show of force is intimidating, yet there are other subtle ways of ensuring security.

      And then there is that well rehearsed song that anyone with a view that contradicts the dictator’s is “dancing to the tune of foreign masters.” The underlying message is that Kenyans can’t think for themselves and need the help of aliens.

      If you don’t accept the leaders thinking for you, then it must be that it is foreigners thinking on your behalf. How insulting!

      In the Moi days, it was JJ Kamotho, Oloo Aringo, Shariff Nassir, Kariuki Chotara, Ezekiel Barngetuny and their ilk parroting this song. It is now done over cyberspace but it is the same tune. It is more insidious now, with the use of titles like “evil society” that parallel the “inyenzi” or cockroaches that Hutu killers used to describe the Tutsi in Rwanda before embarking on a murderous spree.

      And there is the familiar trooping to pledge loyalty to the King even before he is crowned, with all manner of smaller parties begging to be brought into governing fold so that they too can eat. This is touted as encouraging “unity” but as we discovered these past five years, lack of opposition only fosters corruption, sleaze and more decay.

      The worst is the brazen violation of our Constitution and international human rights law with the supposed banning of public meetings and protests by functionaries and bureaucrats who claim to be impartial but act more like party hawks for the dominant group.

      These statements should forewarn us about the sort of regime we should expect: repressive, non-accountable, disrespectful of the constitution and the law and one that will not brook criticism or independent thinking. It is moving forward to the well known Moist past.


  4. Folks, I do not know what you think about this article by none other than Macharia Gaitho of the infamous Daily Nation!! The guy, a whole managing editor, is busy mongering war on a national mainstream newspaper under the guise of an opinion piece. Can somebody at the NMG fire Macharia Gaitho with immediate effect for having abused his office/position.

    Blood feuds between presidential contenders dangerous for Kenya

    Dear Son of Jaramogi and Son of Jomo, first please accept felicitations and best wishes for Christmas, and may you both attain your dreams and aspirations in the New Year.

    As you gulp the festive beer and tear into the goat ribs, it might occur to you both that a strange confluence of events has placed you on a most interesting collision course.

    You are heading the two groupings set to battle it out at a pivotal General Election from which the outcome could propel this country forward to democracy and great prosperity; or send it backwards into a blood-soaked terror.

    Both of you are fairly intelligent and reasonably well-read. You are aware of the history that makes the match-up between the two of you so significant, and maybe so dangerous.

    Maybe at some point during his sojourn in America, Uhuru had the opportunity to keep up with Dallas, the pioneering television drama of the 1970s featuring JR and the blood-feud between the Ewing and the Barnes clans somewhere in Texas.

    Or, Raila, during your studies in East Germany, you might have read-up on Nicaragua. Much of the history of that small Central American nation is dominated by another blood-feud, this one for control of a country.

    The battle between the Somozista and the Sandinista may have been cloaked as ideological and class warfare, but it was in reality a struggle between two families that traditionally have taken it in turn to control the politics and economy of Nicaragua.

    So whether it is the battle for oil-wells and women in some Texas town, or a fratricidal contest for wealth and power in Nicaragua, one gets the same lesson: That blood feuds lead nowhere, can be totally destructive and long-lasting because anger and emotion trump reason.

    Mzee Jomo Kenyatta and Jaramogi Oginga Odinga together led this country to Independence nearly a half-century ago. The 1966 fallout between President Kenyatta and Vice-President Odinga, barely three years after Independence, reverberates to this day in a political gulf that transcends daddy.

    Pause to consider that a presidential contest featuring the two of you might be like the Sandinista and Somoza clan war in Nicaragua.

    It may be couched in ideological rhetoric, but it could have roots in something much deeper and more personal.

    And herein lies the danger, for years of anger and bitterness could easily boil over and consume so many who have absolutely nothing to do with either of your privileged families.

    Watching on TV over the weekend the Nairobi coronation of you two political heirs, I was struck by the fact that the more things change, the more they remain the same.

    The rhythmic clapping, chanting and ululations, the extravagant praise-singing and the attacks and insults directed at your opponents were straight out of the Kanu manual.

    Both of you went some way towards offering what you stand for, but were long on rhetoric and short on specifics.

    You both regurgitate the ‘change’ mantra, with your Cord, Raila, promising to rejuvenate the struggle for reform and the promise of the new Constitution; while your Jubilee, Uhuru, trumpets generational-change and economic development.

    The sub-text was more revealing. Raila, you would have seen Jubilee as an alliance of the accused rather than anything about progress and development; your opponent and his running mate William Ruto as more than ordinary contenders for office, but a pair bound together by the shackles of the International Criminal Court.

    You might have seen the event on Sunday display the anger and bitterness that has been characteristic of the two since the indictments; princelings set on retention of the status quo as the shield against the ICC.

    On the other side of town the previous day, Uhuru, you might have witnessed Mr Odinga and his unlikely running mate, Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka, hold court.

    You would have sensed from Uhuru Park a campaign of the dispossessed, the resentment of those for years denied what they take as a birth right.

    Will you two offer Kenyan voters anything more than a continuation of daddy’s feuds?


    • The notorious propagandist Gaitho never shies from revisionism and false analogies…all without shame. It is mind boggling that this ethnic chauvinist can even attempt to co-join the name of the land-grabbing tribalist and father of political assassinations in Kenya – Johnstome Kamau (aka ‘Kenyatta’) alongside Nelson Mandela’s name in the same sentence. Gosh!!!!!!

      Nelson Mandela and Jomo Kenyatta provide great examples of leaders who endured imprisonment and persecution fighting for their people. They stood up in court and to justify their actions as freedom fighters, and subsequently were vindicated to lead their people into freedom.


  5. My Questions to The Daily Nation:

    • Which politometer did you use to determine which deal is the winning deal amongst all the possible coalition permutations currently in Kenya?

    • Who told you that ODM and WDP were going to Mombasa to announce a coalition deal when at the same time you report the following:

    “But Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka said he would not attend the Tononoka rally but added he was still open to negotiations”?

    How does one close a deal when it is clear that the other possible partner to the deal is not even attending the deal-closing ceremony?

    • Which politometer did you use to arrive at the conclusion that TNA/URP and ODM/WDP supporters were in frenzy ahead of rallies that were yet to take place a day after? Did you actually traverse the entire former Central Province, Rift Valley Province and Coast Province; measure the pulse/mood of the locals there so as to arrive at such a conclusion?

    • On the same day you are lying to us about the above, you find it convenient to drag Raila’s name into the tribulations facing URP/TNA leadership! Why did you find it convenient to come up with the article below

    How ICC and Raila created ‘coalition of the accused’

    just on the day before the TNA/URP rally? Are you trying to tell the URP/TNA supporters that it is actually Raila who is responsible for what is facing Ruto and Uhuru at The Hague? Is that a proven fact such that a national mainstream media can carry it as a headline story for Kenyans to read?

    • Your opening words in the above article are

    ‘A rumour circulated in Mt Kenya at the height of March 2008 coalition Cabinet negotiations…’

    Why are you feeding us on rumours? After that, you go ahead and write thus:

    “Mr Ruto and Mr Kenyatta’s supporters have been persuaded that if Mr Odinga is elected President, he (Raila) will put the two on the first plane to The Hague”.

    Who persuaded the supporters? Are you not the national newspaper which is trying to peddle this propaganda to persuade these supporters to believe in the rumours you are feeding us/them on? Yeah, as you rightly say but without pointing the finger in your direction,

    “The result is a strategy is a calculated (by The Daily Nation and K24 working for Uhuru and Ruto) to ensure that Mr Odinga does not assume power”.

    Is that not the reason you came up with this story just a day before the rally to seal the URP/TNA deal with a view to reminding the TNA/URP supporters what your goal is as a mainstream national media house and what Uhuru’s and Ruto’s goal are? Shame on you!!

    • And then you go ahead and report to us this mirage as if you think we readers are fools:

    “TNA-URP deal seen as solution to perennial ethnic clashes”!

    Was this header meant to shore-up support for the TNA/URP alliance or is it a fact that with a Kikuyu president and a Kalenjin deputy president the Kikuyu/Kalenjin land problems will be solved for ever? Did you even try to question what you reported to us before making it yet another headline story on the very same day as the above mentioned stories well timed to come out on the eve of the TNA/URP deal rally? In case you do not know, here are the facts: Jomo Kenyatta was a Kikuyu and had Daniel Arap Moi a Kalenjin as his deputy. Did that combination help solve the Kalenjin-Kikuyu land problems? No, it is during that time that the two leaders laid foundation of the so called perennial ethnic clashes! Kenyatta senior simply grabbed Kalenjin land and gave it to his Kikuyu kinsmen and Kikuyu kinswomen! Exit Kenyatta senior, enter yet another Kikuyu-Kalenjin leadership formation in immediate succession. This time round Daniel Arap Moi, a Kalenjin, is the president and Emilio Mwai Kibaki, a Kikuyu, is his deputy. Did this reverse combination between Kikuyus and Kalenjins help solve the land problem between the two communities? Again, nope! This is the period ethnic cleansing of the Kikuyus by the Kalenjins in the former Rift Valley Province started and went on to climax with the 2007/2008 PEV! Daily Nation, do you still think all of your readers are numbskulls who cannot distinguish fact from fiction aka propaganda? Please!!!

    • And you did not stop there! On the very same day, you are writing in yet another headline article another rumour about Raila. Here you are asking us/telling us matter-of-factly

    “Will Kalonzo entry swing the vote for Raila?”

    Who told you that Kalonzo and Raila have already closed a coalition deal? Why are you busy feeding us on rumours and propaganda? But of course, your aim is to paint Raila in as much bad light as is only possible! Your intention in writing that article, again just a day to the Ruto/Uhuru rally, is revealed immediately in the second paragraph where you again state matter-of-factly:

    “But today, Prime Minister Raila Odinga is left clutching at straws after he fell out with key figures of his 2007 campaign, raising questions about whether his uncanny ability to rebound will again come to his rescue as he fights for his political survival.”

    What hogwash! Who told you that Raila is fighting for his political survival? Is it not you, a national newspaper, trying to feed the general public with opinions that are not based on facts? What do national opinion polls say year after year about Raila’s position in the country as a politician? Is he not leading in virtually all opinion polls? Where then, is he fighting for his political survival? In this article, you rumble on and on about hearsay without facts. An article that was meant to report about a Raila/Kalonzo coalition, all of a sudden, is devoting acres and even more acres of space for your blue-eyed boys Uhuru, Ruto and Mudavadi! Why? And of course, there is no way you were going to leave the name of Henry Kosgey out of this. Your collaborator K24 promised us that both Henry Kosgey and Franklin Bett were going to attend the TNA/URP rally to announce their defection. But alas! Kosgey was with ODM in Mombasa!!

    • You, The Daily Nation and K24 media houses look pretty bad in the eyes of patriotic Kenyans. We are tired of cheap propaganda you use to prop up your favoured presidential candidate! Could you please do us a favour and leave our beloved country Kenya in one piece and in peace but not in pieces?


    • Uhuru’s British PR Consultants Left Kenya Media Practitioners In A Waterloo

      Lauded As Exemplary Kenyan Journalism, Will It Ever Rise After Western PR Assault?

      I went to Moi University to grow, learn and marvel. While at it, I detoured to the students press, rising through the ranks as writer, reporter, chief reporter, editor and assistant chief editor. Before I could reach the peak as Chief Editor, I crossed over to students’ politics.

      At the end of my second undergraduate year, I was sitting pretty at the peak of students’ government. Within two years, I had achieved quite a feat. Reflexively, I had begun to appreciate how Media; or Journalism, can be manipulated by Public Relations.

      As a student of PR, the national political script today spring directly from our page book! Unfortunately, most of it has been dark PR-or negative Public Relations. Looking at the President’s script, since The Hague reared its ugly head here at home, and Ocampo, Ekaterina, and now Bensouda became catch phrases, each day has been a page in Arthur R. Roalman’s Profitable Public Relations.

      Back in the University, in my circle of friends; mostly literature, linguistics, journalism, public relations, media science, political science and information science students, we mused a lot at how so much was being cobbled up to appear real. Apparently, everything used to proceed from pure propaganda, then publicity stunts, then the 7 o’clock bulletin was just ‘official news’.
      If political scientists safely argue that despite the perceived institutional failures of the IEBC and the Supreme Court, CORD Coalition lost to the Jubilee Alliance, or Raila Odinga lost to Uhuru Kenyatta, academicians, especially those in the field of media practice, can too demonstrate that Journalism lost to Public Relations.
      Yes, when British PR firm, BTP came to spin for Hon Kenyatta, and Mark Pursey with compatriot Charles Anglin were joined by Ed Staite, Simon Waddington, Charlie Tarr among others, our equals in newsrooms-the editorial teams, got the goalpost shifted. They were dealing with political communicators schooled in ‘how a journalist thinks’, and trained to manipulate journalism to media relations-a sobriquet of political propaganda. I marveled.
      The Mutuma Mathius, John Mbuguas,Oketch Kwendos , John Bundotichs and Denis Galavas of this country became spectators.

      Even more pitiable were the CORD spin-masters. With no media strategy, information flew everywhere. ‘Small fishes’ took on ‘big fishes’. People like Eliud Owalo became loose cannons, fighting unnecessary wars with everyone-the IEBC, the police, the intelligence service, even the defence forces. It was a ploy, and looking at it; it worked for the Jubilee Alliance. This is verifiable!

      No campaign in the history of this country had been waged for so long, by so young a team, using new media tools and professionals, than President Kenyatta’s. Again, no campaign had been fought by just one man, surrounded by quacks of all shades, than Odinga’s.

      While the practice of Journalism is understood as giving the people the information they need in order to understand the world around them and make decisions about their lives, from setting the agenda to correlation of news events and edutainment, much of what went to the people through the newspapers and news broadcasts had been nothing short of mass media duplicity.

      It is difficult to tell today whether Kenyans really understand the interplay of global politics. From the media, Uganda seems to be an important Kenyan bilateral partner than Great Britain and the USA combined. The African Union, or IGAD, or the EAC seems bigger than the United Nations, and neocolonialism is worse than tribalism, corruption and nepotism. Equity Bank appears to be the biggest government lender and the World Bank and IMF can go to hell!

      In body politic, Dark PR is key. Mugabe is more welcome than Kofi Annan and Al Bashir is a symbol of African statesmanship. The alleged genocide in Darfur is a western creation and post-election violence in Kenya was a blockbuster movie. Reconciliation comes from political unity and tyranny of numbers sends stronger message to the world that impunity in Kenya and Africa needs ‘ideological’ solutions rather than the courts of law.

      All over sudden, there is a new siege Africanisation mentality. Kenya is an independent African country, with African leaders, enjoying emergent African democracy. One wonders if the West is in another attempt to scramble and partition Kenya. The CNN is worse than K24 and BBC only want to report bloodshed and violence. They should take cue from our journalists! Politicians are more trustworthy than civil society activists and Francis Atwoli makes more sense than Maina Kiai.

      What is happening in Kenyan press today can be equated to what mainstream conservative American channels used to report about the African-Americans not so long ago: That there were more African Americans in Jails than in Schools.

      The danger with this extended political PR, as has been aptly observed by my friend Obilo Kobilo elsewhere on this blog, is that it has the potential of humiliating the ‘journalistic truth’-the very ingredient for the existence of journalism in societies.

      As the new president has shown even after bagging the presidency, he is still not ready to let the journalists go.

      I admire Hon Kenyatta because he understands what he needs to do: Give journalists more tea and no information; know them in person and by names, invite them early but seal all information sources. Finally, have Bill around, not crying but smiling, give the information you want the country to know. Get back to your house and turn on the TV . . . Mr President enjoys watching pure PR!
      How long will this circus go?


  6. Its funny and at the same time sad, but this is what am getting. The media is obviously partisan, partisan in the sense that they are anti-ODM or anti-Raila, they don’t really care much about the others i.e who wins or not

    Their strategy therefore is to ensure total isolation and dismantling of ODM

    For this reason that’s why they keep baiting with so called fictional alliances with ODM, thus drawing out any potential partner so that the person can either strongly decline or if undecided, gets targeted by the competition either for demonizing or peeling away. Just reflect back on the past four years how this game has been played by the media. The strategy has been for the media to consistently portray ODM as a party that is losing top leadership and with no signs of partnerships, while all the other parties are gaining new members and forging partnerships.

    ODM as a party does not seem to have a credible PR service that can counter this, or are slow to act.

    It is important that ODM put in place a clear cut strategy that spells out ODM’s plans for Kenya

    The present mindset that people will be voting against ICC suspects is founded on rather shaky ground, what if the ICC cases are dismissed? The point here is that the pair Uhuru and Ruto, must be evaluated against their reform credentials, dispensation of the new constitution and ability to steer and implement reforms in the country.

    We need to draw a list of criteria that we can evaluate all these aspirants, including our own localized assessment of chapter 6. The ICC outcome should be icing on the cake since we do not really have much say how it goes one way or another.

    Of course we must still have high hope that the ICC in this case still remains the only trusted institution that will deliver justice to the victims and survivors of PEV. I think however that we need to begin to separate the ICC outcome from the elections.

    But more importantly we need to up the ante on monitoring and countering a rogue mainstream media.

    Case in point, just a few hours back, the press is awash about a deal being finalised between ODM and WDM, but Kalonzo simply states that the decision making organ of WDM has not even met. That is something any journalist or editor could have easily verified before publishing. So lets face it, the press is playing us all.

    So the question is, are the media sponsoring disinformation that leads to defections or is ODM so totally paralised and dysfunctional that even its national chairman can defect. Or is it just more propaganda? One way or another, ODM appear to be losing the propaganda war.


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