Information, Communications and Technology Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru has urged the media to prioritize coverage of development programmes and activities by the government.
Mucheru said there has been undue emphasis on politics with little coverage on government initiatives meant to spur economic growth and improve the standards of living of Kenyans.
He said the focus by media is on political rhetoric even during international and regional conferences hosted by government where Kenyan interests are championed.
“We are so much focused on politicians. A lot is going on in development, but no talk about it,” said Mucheru.
The Cabinet Secretary who was speaking today a training forum attended by Kenya New Agency (KNA) Information Officers and organized by the Committee on Implementation of Citizen Participation in Security popularly known as ‘Nyumba Kumi’Initiative (Community policing). The Committee is under the Ministry of Interior and Co-ordination of National Government.
Mucheru said the media has a key role to play in sensitizing Kenyans that security is the responsibility of everyone especially as the 2017 general elections draws close.
He reiterated that journalists are obliged to report objectively and fairly and assured of government’s commitment on their safety. The Cabinet Secretary called on the Media Council of Kenya to deal firmly with unaccredited individuals who masquerade as journalists.
The Committee Chairman Joseph Kaguthi called on media to desist from providing coverage to terrorist activities. Kaguthi, a former long serving government administrator, said terrorism activities target to attract wide coverage for purposes of spreading fear and desperation among people.
‘Nyumba Kumi’ is a strategy of anchoring community policing at the household level or any other basic cluster where individual members of cluster are encouraged to own their security by the rallying call ‘See (crime being committed) – Say, Hear – Say, Smell – Say, and Suspect – Say’.