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How Senator Wambua helped save Tabitha Mutemi

Kitui senator Enock Wambua has come to the defence of embattled Media Council of Kenya commissioner Tabitha Mutemi in what he termed as an assault to media prosperity in Kenya.

 Tabitha Mutemi (left) with her lawyer Kethi Kilonzo at the National Assembly recently.

Senator Kiio who is himself of veteran journalist with career spanning over 16 years at Nation Media Group, the Standard Group and Kenya Times said the media had in the past suffered censorship from the Executive, media owners and politicians.

 “Media owners, editors and journalists across the media houses have come a very, very long way in regard to media regulation. By the time the MCK was established in 2013,…media houses and journalists suffered all manner of censorship from the Executive, owners of capital; and political interests”, said Wambua in a letter addressed to the Clerk of National Assembly.

The Kitui senator went on to remind the parliament that the chaotic media of pre-2013 may return if the independence of MCK is interfered with.

MCK CEO David Omwoyo fired Commissioner Mutemi. There is a process established in law when it comes to terminating the services of commissioners in bodies founded by an Act of Parliament.

Mutemi is corporate communications manager at IEBC.

A robust media industry requires the efforts of all stakeholders to realize not just journalists, said Mr Wambua in his signed missive which is dated April 20, 2021. Mwingi Times has obtained a copy of the letter.



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