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Government threatens to shut down Media ahead of 2022 general elections

The government of Kenya has threatened to shut down Media stations ahead of the 2022 general elections.

Speaking in Olkalou town on Sunday, Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i said the government will not hestitate to shut down community radios and TV stations propagating ethnicity and political violence.

“We will shut you (media house) down in the best interest of this country. It is our duty to uphold peace and we will safeguard the stability of this country without taking sides,” Matiangi warned.

He said a number of community station have been used to propagate hatred urging them to preach peace and reconciliation ahead of the upcoming general election.

While condemning the incident where DP Ruto motorcade was stoned in Busia County, Matiangi said at least 8 people have been arrested over the violence witnessed.

Matiangi further warned the country might plunge into chaos should such incidence continue to occur. He urged security agents to act fairly and demonstrate neutrality when handling public gathering as provided by the law.

“Our differences of opinion, policies and political affiliation is not good enough reason to cause instabili in the country. Let’s stop encouraging our people to leave lawless life,” he said.

As the country head to the 2022 political duel, temperature are high as political leaders traverse various parts of the country to consolidate support.

 

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