FABRICATIONS BY THE SUNDAY STANDARD ON ROSEMARY ODINGA’S HEALTH:
Min piny Ida and President Raila Odinga are horrified by the lead story on today’s Sunday Standard by the title “Why I fear for my daughter”.
The story is a fraudulent exercise of journalism which attempts to pass fictitious suppositions of the writer as truths on the medical condition of Rosemary Odinga and on the position of the Odinga family on matters surrounding her health and career.
Neither Ida nor Hon. Raila Odinga, nor any member of the immediate family of Rosemary Odinga or her doctors, has talked to the Sunday Standard or to any journalist in Kenya or South Africa regarding the matter the writer purports to authoritatively write on.
In reality, the “facts” put forward by the writer are totally fictitious and the headlines is a “con”, all conjured up by the writer to give the impression that Hon. Raila Odinga had spoken to the writer or to someone in the Standard regarding the health of his daughter.
The Odinga family has repeatedly requested that the privacy of Rosemary be respected at this time of her indisposition and it will be up to Rosemary to decide what matters she will wish to share with the public regarding her medical condition.
Today’s most unfortunate headline story in the Sunday Standard has caused extreme distress to Rosemary, her parents and her siblings. It is shameful that the writer has sacrificed common decency and trampled over Rosemary’s rights to privacy, both standard requirements of professional journalism, in order to fabricate a headline story for his selfish gratification and sales for the company. Readers must treat this story as a con and know they have been cheated of any money they spent on it.
Ida and Raila Odinga feel that despite their respect for the media and press freedom, this was a malicious affront on their family and they shall be taking legal action on both the writer and the newspaper.
MARCH 5, 2017.