State House Director of Digital Communications Dennis Itumbi has denied reports appearing on both social media and mainstream media that former vice president Kalonzo Musyoka has apologized to a radio journalist who asked a redundant question during this morning’s CORD press briefing.
“I am disappointed. ..It turns out former VP Kalonzo Musyoka has NOT called, reached out or even had coffee with QTV Journalist Kennedy Mureithi Bundi. The statement on his official Social media page is false…okay on this issue I rest…have your take,” posted Itumbi on his Facebook Wall.
Here is Hon Musyoka’s apology.
STATEMENT from H.E Hon. Kalonzo Musyoka, Party Leader WIPER DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT- KENYA and Vice President (2008-13)
I wish to clarify the following,
That this morning during a press briefing in response to jicho pevuand to the State of the Nation address by the President a few weeks ago, a journalist asked a question without identifying himself and/or the media house he works for.
I felt he had asked a misleading question and my answer to him was that his assumed political tilt was evident and reflective of the very polarized society that Kenya has become.
I in no way intended to neither demean the young man, nor do I or would I harbor any animosity toward him. To the contrary I have tirelessly worked for cohesion in this country and in my lifetime supported many leaders from various communities to include the Kalenjin, Luo, Kikuyu, Coast and this is common knowledge.
I did have tea with Mureithi and duly apologized for any hurt my remark would have caused, indeed it was with a light touch but I wish to apologize to him, the entire journalistic fraternity and anybody else who might feel the comments were offensive.
I remain committed to a united Kenya and a vibrant democracy.
H. E. HON. Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka