Media kicked out of military probe

November 18, 2010 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 18 – A meeting between officials from the Ministry of Defence and a parliamentary committee was held in camera on Thursday after Defence Minister Yusuf Haji protested the presence of the media.

Mr Haji complained that reports in the media did not give an accurate account of what had previously transpired before the committee, saying the reports were injurious to their standing.

Mr Haji had appeared before the committee along with Assistant Minister Joseph Nkaiserry and Vice Chief of General Staff Julius Karangi.

The chairman of the Defence and Foreign Relations Committee Adan Keynan asked the journalists to leave saying he agreed that some of the matters under discussion touched on sensitive matters of national security.

Mr Keynan however asked the officials to take notice of the fact that the new Constitution gave leeway for greater scrutiny of public resources.

Mr Haji had complained of unfair treatment by the media, which he argued could be demoralising to the defence forces.

The military bosses appeared before the committee on Monday in a landmark precedent to respond to queries on recruitment and purchases of fighter jets and armoured personnel carriers.

The military has been on the spot over the expulsion of Gladys Tarus from the Eldoret military training school following claims that she was pregnant.

She however denies this.


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