BBC story baseless: says Mutua
KBC (Governmental Broadcaster)
Written By: claire wanja
Fri, Mar 07, 2008
The government spokesperson Dr. Alfred Mutua has expressed the
government's shock at a story appearing on the BBC that alleges
that members of the proscribed group Mungiki held meetings at
" This story is preposterous, baseless and at best defamatory. No
such meetings took place at Statehouse or any Government Office.
It is injurious to the President, Government and the People of
Kenya for BBC to run such unfounded lies.
"What credible sources do the BBC have and what is the motivation
of the BBC in running untruths and manufacturing such allegations?
Why didn't the BBC seek comment from the Government of Kenya
before airing the story?" posed Mutua.
He said the government would write to demand an apology, a
retraction and an inquiry into the motive of the producers of the
Mutua says the government takes great exception to the story,
which is coming days after the signing of a peace agreement, and
can only conclude that the producers of the story are trying to
dent the hopes of Kenyans and incite Kenyans into violence.
" Kenyans should not believe the dangerous lies on the BBC story
and should nurture the peace we enjoy with the knowledge that not
everyone is happy that we are a stable country and that an African
solution to the Kenyan crisis has been found." He added.
Mutua added that Mungiki sect is a criminal organization that has
been banned by President Mwai Kibaki's Government.
" Last year, the Government embarked on a special operation to
wipe out the banned group and arrested its key leaders. The
Government of Kenya has never worked or engaged banned criminal
organizations for any work." He added.