The Bill To Gag Press Is Finally signed.
As had been the fear of most Kenyans,President Mwai Kibaki finally signed the bill to gag the press,ignoring pleas from Kenyans and the Media Community not to do so.The Prime Minister,Raila Odinga had earlier promised Kenyans that he would ensure that the Media has all the freedom it deserves.
Kenya was beginning to heal from the wounds that were inflicted into her early last year,by experiencing some quiet.Residents of Kibera slums were out protesting yesterday.Kenyans will not accept this gag that has no base (a gagger can never have a base anyway)!
Now there are leaflets of propaganda,telling why the Government must "sieve" what is aired by the media.Pornography and incitement have been cited as some of the major causes of the master sieve to work.If it was within the power of Kenyans then something different from propaganda could have been funded.All this is still misuse of the tax-payers money.
We are sure this is not the case.Some of the major causes may include exposure of what is going on,who earns how much,who does not pay taxes,who is corrupt...the list is endless.It is through the media that we got to follow up what was happening in our country during the elections,and who did what.This gag is for the interest of a corrupt few.
Gagging a media is like stopping a whole country.It's like suddenly switching off the lights,or blindfolding the patriotic Kenyans, and commanding them to grope in the dark.We will not grope in the dark.I would rather we improvise alternative means of lighting so that we can light the dark paths and walk ahead.Darkening our paths during this time when food prices are soaring and poverty biting hard is a slap too hard we will not give the other cheeck.
Leah Auma Okeyo.