May 21, 2018

Does Judiciary, media ‘work’ for NASA? Tuju tells BBC so

Jubilee Party Secretary General told BBC that the Judiciary and the media 'work' for opposition.[www.the-star.co.ke]

President Uhuru Kenyatta led Jubilee Party has launched a scathing attack against the Judiciary and the media terming them surrogates of the opposition.

Jubilee Party Secretary General Raphael Tuju while speaking in BBC’s HARDtalk yesterday said that the Judiciary has showed a pattern of making decision based on ethnic inclination while the media spews propaganda to drive opposition’s agenda.

“We have a judiciary which is a reflection of the society but judges make decisions based on ethnic loyalties as opposed to the law,” said Tuju.

“So when you have a media that is an extension of the opposition propaganda, and judges who have more loyalties to their tribes than the law, we have more complex matters to deal with compared to what you have to deal with in London.”

He was reacting to widespread criticism from Kenya and beyond over government’s move to shut down KTN, Citizen and NTV during the unofficial-swearing in of Raila Odinga at Uhuru Park on January 30.

FOR NTV and KTN, they were switched off for seven days while Citizen TV and its subsidiary Inooro TV went down for 10 days before they were switched on a day ago.

The JP boss said they had tangible information that NASA would use the media to fuel their propaganda hence the switch off.

“We have evidence … it is much deeper than that,” noted Tuju.

He said given that Kenya has 42 tribes, it makes it quite prone to  civil war which should be tamed at all costs.

“We are not a nation state. Kenya has 42 different nationalities. We are trying to forge a country out of a geographical phenomenon. It is a country that has a high potential of breaking into civil strike and war,” added Tuju.

“In fact, it is just a miracle that 50 years down the line, we haven’t experienced major breakdown of law and order.”

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