By Chris Maina
President Uhuru Kenyatta uncharacteristically came to the defence of Inspector General of the police David Kimaiyo over the scathing attacks he continues to get after summoning a section of the media.
The President weighed in, telling Kimaiyo’s critics that sensitivity to the victims of the Westgate Mall terror, including the survivors, was not too much to ask. The helpless dependence on the media by Kenyans seems to ‘cushion’ the press of any responsibility.
â€œI have been to many countries but I have never seen a television footage aired live, as people are being shot,â€ the President said during a thanksgiving service for Interior Cabinet Secretary, Mr Joseph Ole Lenku
IG Kimaiyo summoned KTN journalists John Allan Namu and Mohammed Ali over their investigative series on the defence forces who are alleged to have been engaged in looting as shocked Kenyans hoped for the rescue of hostages, sparking condemnation from civil rights bodies as well as officials of the press.
At the same time, former army generals called on the chief of defence forces, Gen Karangi to resign over the conduct of the soldiers.
Already, Parliament is investigating the matter as well as forensic experts.