Rigathi Gachagua, a Mathira member of parliament, made a speech that drew national notice during the intensely contested Kiambaa by-election campaigns in June.
Gachagua accused Kameme FM of taking political sides, claiming that the station was openly endorsing Jubilee party candidate Kariri Njama. The MP further claimed that the deep state was using the radio station to spread lies against the UDA party and its candidate.
He went on to threaten that if Ruto is elected in 2022, the station will be shut down.
When Gachagua went to a political show at one of the local stations today (Monday, October 25th), this statement came back to haunt him. Gachagua was asked to explain what he meant when he indicated Kameme would be closed if Ruto became president.
"Is it true that you have threatened to shut down several Mt Kenya firms if Ruto becomes president? What did you mean when you said that if Ruto wins, a media station would be shut down?" The host journalist enquired.
Gachagua answered by acknowledging that he had made such a comment, but then claiming that the public had misread it.
Yes, I made such a comment, but it was misunderstood. What I meant was that Kameme is a heavily skewed news organization. Only politicians from Kieleweke are invited, not those who support Ruto. I was simply wondering how the journalists at that station would operate if Ruto were to become president. It wasn't as extreme as some would have you believe. Gachagua said, "I want to thank Inooro TV for always giving both sides of the political split a chance."
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