The Star Newspaper was forced to delete an article that was accusing president Uhuru of dictatorship. The article headlined ” Uhuru should resign or be forced out through civil disobedience” was done by one Henry Makori as an opinion piece.
” Kenya is now a dictatorship. President Uhuru Kenyatta has lost the legitimacy to govern. He is unfit to hold office. He is ruling the country against the will of the people as expressed in the Constitution.
In these circumstances, it becomes impossible for citizens to feel obligated to respect Uhuru as the President of the Republic of Kenya.
Why? The courts have ruled that Uhuru has overthrown the Constitution and desecrated the highest office in the land. He has violated his oath of office, betrayed the public trust and gravely abused his authority” Read part of the hard-hitting piece.
” If the head of state has no respect for the Constitution that creates the office he holds and that defines its powers—the supreme law embodying the will of the Kenyan people he swore to uphold, preserve and protect—why should he remain in office?” Added Henry.
” His current strategy seems to concentrate on two areas that could potentially resist his dictatorship—the military and the Luo nation. Uhuru has no solid backing in his Mt Kenya backyard or anywhere else in the country to count on. His increasingly autocratic bent has a definite pattern. Look at how he has systematically cowed independent institutions in and outside government: Parliament, constitutional commissions, the Judiciary, previously outspoken religious groups, civil society, labour unions and the media. ” Read the article
” They have been intimidated, co-opted through the appointment of pliant bosses to head them, or silenced via budget cuts and threats. The High Court on Thursday declared unconstitutional Executive Order Number 1 of 2020 through which Uhuru placed the Judiciary, tribunals, commissions and independent offices under the Executive.
He is wooing the military by involving soldiers in civilian affairs. They run part of the Nairobi government and the Kenya Meat Commission, despite court orders declaring these transfers of power illegal. ” Read the article
This is not the first time the Star is coming under the spotlight for deleting some controversial articles but some journalists have accused the Ghanaian CEO of Radio Africa Group Patrick Quarcoo of micromanaging the media house.
In 2017, we reported that he was paid a whopping Kshs. 15 Million to pull down an article regarding the death which affected Safaricom’s head of Security.
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