Senators Criticize Move By Security Committee To Lock Out Media During Matiang’i Grilling

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A section of senators have condemned a move by Security Committee to look out the media during Interior CS Fred Matiang’i and IG Hillary Mutyambai’s grilling sessions.

The two were supposed to answer questions regarding the arrests of three lawmakers on Monday.

The three were; Christopher Lang’at (Bomet), Cleophas Malala (Kakamega), and Steve Lelegwe (Samburu).

Before the session kicked off, the National Security Committee chair Yusuf Haji told journalists, “What are you doing here. I don’t remember inviting you here. Go back we will call you back later.”

According to Elgeyo Marakwet’s Kipchumba Murkomen, something is “really rotten” if the committee could not stand up for its colleagues.

“I am shocked that the Senate Commitee on Security chased the media from a sitting inquiring the illegal arrest of Senators. If the committee cannot stand up for colleagues, institution of Senate and democracy, then Something is really rotten in the state of Kenya,” Murkomen wrote.

Makueni senator Mutula Kilonzo Jnr on his part disagreed with the committee’s decision saying that the public had a right to know why the three senators had been arrested.

“I disagree with the decision of the Senate Commitee on security barring media from the grilling of the CS Interior, IG Mutyambai and DCI Kinoti on the unlawful arrest and detention of Senators Malala , Lelegwe and Langat . The public have a right to know,” he averred.

Nelson Havi, Malala and Langat’s lawyer said barring the media from covering the goings-on was taking the country back to the KANU regime when media freedom was curtailed.

“The return to Kanu’s despotic rule Ten Years after promulgation of The Constitution of Kenya and Liberation Speaker Honourable Kenneth Otiato Marende having allowed live broadcast of proceedings of Parliament as well as of its Committees,” he said.

The meeting kicked off at 10 am.

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