Kenya to protest over exposé aired by US broadcaster on alleged grand graft

April 15, 2016 9:32 am
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Government Spokesman Eric Kiraithe says they will demand an apology from the media organisation since there was no Kenyan official who was reached for comment over the matter/FILE
Government Spokesman Eric Kiraithe says they will demand an apology from the media organisation since there was no Kenyan official who was reached for comment over the matter/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 15 – The Kenyan Government says it will write a protest letter to the United States, following an exposé that was aired by a US public broadcaster PBS on alleged grand corruption.

Government Spokesman Eric Kiraithe says they will demand an apology from the media organisation since there was no Kenyan official who was reached for comment over the matter.

According to Kiraithe, the video is part of a propaganda “machine driven by a part of the civil society whose agenda is to continually discredit ongoing war on corruption by Government.”

“It is full of unsubstantiated claims, innuendos and assertion that are not backed by any evidence.”

Kiraithe says the documentary which is contained in a series titled Inside Kenya is in a bad light given the mechanisms put in place to eliminate corruption in the country.

The producers of the video have included a footage showing President Uhuru Kenyatta cautioning people against making claims without any prove.

On this, Kiraithe says the President was quoted out of context as the reporter depicts him, “as warning those exposing graft.”

“When you relate that to a whistle blowing event 15 years ago, then I don’t think we are doing very well.”

He said the Jubilee Government remains committed to fighting the menace, “and there will be no sacred cows.”

The series indicates that in Kenya, “even the world fastest man cannot outrun corruption.”

An athlete who is interviewed by the PBS journalists based in Nairobi claims despite coming 3rd during one of the Standard Chartered marathons, he was not paid his dues.

He alleges that the marathon officials have asked for ‘something’ for him to get his money.

The correspondent further interviews alleged victims of police extortion in Eastleigh areas of Nairobi.

Activist Boniface Mwangi also adds his sentiments on just how corruption has affected all arms of the Government.

Footage of his past led protests against corruption are also played.

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