Kibaki blames media for unpopularity

President Mwai Kibaki has blamed Kenya’s media for massive discontent brewing against his government.

Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka also rapped the media saying it is “sensationalising” issues rather than focusing on development matters.”

Prime Minister Raila Odinga joined the fray saying that the Giant Coalition government was alive and kicking. “We are working and those who think the Government is not working can see the work we are doing,” said Raila.

The trio were speaking during the launch of Kazi kwa Vijana (Jobs for Youth) National Programme in Mashuru, Kajiado district.

Polls have indicated Kenyans are not happy with the performance of the grand coalition government in tackling corruption and reforms amongst other things.

The latest survey conducted by Transparency International-Kenya indicated that 72 percent of respondents feel the government is not keen on fighting graft. A survey done by Steadman indicated that 70 per cent of Kenyans believe that the Government has not achieved anything.

Only last month, religious leaders at a prayer meeting for the victims of two fire tragedies, lambasted the leaders for not doing enough in the fight against famine and corruption.

More on these stories from Capital FM and the Standard newspaper.

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2 Responses

  1. There is some truth. Both nation and standard newspapers were dropped by Allafrica.com which compiles African news, quite a while back. The irony is there are still a lot of major Zimbabwean newspapers. Ironically, even Google news has cut back on articles from both. Many in the blogosphere find Kenyan newspapers increasingly sensationalist and lacking in facts. Once branded tabloids, it becomes difficult to justify including their articles among their peers in Africa or around the world. Quite sad given the high calibre of blogs in Kenya, which implies we have serious journalists, just not in the major papers.

  2. Wow, did that really happen? Anybody with any information on how Kenyan newspapers are regarded “out there?”

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