NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 2 – The government has asked Kisumu Senator Anyang’ Nyong’o to apologise to the country, Kenya Defence Forces and the family of Colonel Joseph Owuoth after claiming the officer was missing.
Addressing journalists on Wednesday, National Government Spokesperson Eric Kiraithe termed the allegations as irresponsible and likely to cause unnecessary anxiety in the country, especially as the elections approach.
“I am still trying got figure out the intentions of Senator Anyang’ Nyongo’s live press briefing to the effect that the Kenya Defence Forces Spokesperson, Colonel Joseph Owuoth had disappeared. Besides the obvious irresponsibility one wonders whether Nyong’o thought of the colonel’s family, friends and his colleagues in the Armed Forces,” he stated.
“As we reiterate that national institutions like our Defence Forces must be treated with the sanctity they deserve, we certainly expect this gubernatorial aspirant for Kisumu to take the earliest opportunity to apologise to Kenyans and Colonel Owuoth’s family for the anxiety and damage caused by his brazenly false allegation.”
Nyong’o had Tuesday alleged that the Military Spokesperson was missing only for him to appear later, saying he had been at work all through.
It had been alleged that he was being intimidated for authenticating some documents presented to media by NASA leaders as a proof that the military was part of a scheme to rig the polls in favour of the Jubilee government.
Defence Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo has since dismissed the documents as fake after what she says was a thorough probe.
Addressing journalists at the defence headquarters in Nairobi on Tuesday evening, the CS reiterated that the military will remain apolitical and professional while serving the country.
“The ministry has carried out investigations to establish the veracity, authenticity, and source of the documents recently submitted by NASA to the press. We can state categorically that these documents are fake,” she asserted.
She asked politicians to keep off the military’s activities in a bid to ensure the country’s stability remains.
– Propaganda –
Kiraithe urged Kenyans to ignore propaganda and more so on social media, which is meant to cause fear.
“We have witnessed a lot of poorly camouflaged propaganda and a social media orchestrated crusade to spread fear, anxiety, and deception and hate speech,” he said.
Also on spot was the NASA running mate Kalonzo Musyoka after he linked the Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi to the death of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission ICT Manager Chris Msando.
“Maybe not to be left behind, last evening, Hon Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka, who also aspires to be Deputy President of the country, sensationally made very shameless accusations, against the Cabinet Secretary for Education who us also in charge of Interior and Coordination of National Government, Dr Fred Matiangi, in relation to the unfortunate demise of Chris Msando. We all know how much effort Dr Matiangi has put to play is part in the progress and development of Kenya,” he said.