Gov’t denies ‘Raila Limo’ allegations
Written By:PPS , Posted: Mon, Mar 24, 2008
The media has been called upon to play its rightful role in the process of national healing and reconciliation and to desist from diverting the country’s attention from pertinent matters underlined in the National Peace Accord.
In reference to a story published in Saturday’s issue of the Standard Newspaper entitled “Custom-Made limo ordered for Raila”, the Government said the story was not only fictional but lacks facts.
The Government stated that apart from portraying a negative picture of the leaders as being selfish, the story may cause disaffection among wananchi who are looking forward to a positive direction following the signing of the national peace and reconciliation Accord.
In a statement issued from State House Nairobi Saturday, the Government clarified that it has no staff member in the Presidential Escort Command enlisted as Michael Kabue who is reported in the story to have traveled to Germany to make an order for the limo.
“It is therefore irresponsible and misleading for the Standard newspaper to focus on trivialities and publish material that may cause distraction to Kenyans in the ongoing process of national healing and reconciliation” the statement said.
“It is equally important to emphasize that all undertakings being explored under the auspices of the National Peace and Reconciliation Accord be in the best interests of the country and its current and future generations”.
“All parties must therefore exercise restraint and stop exerting unnecessary pressure in terms of deadlines in the process of forming the new government”, the statement added.
The Government further took issue with the same newspaper for claiming that failure to name a cabinet on Tuesday will give credence to their earlier misleading report that there were vested interests that were delaying naming of the cabinet.