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Apologize Or We Meet In Court- Kang’ata To Citizen, K24


Taking to Twitter on Wednesday evening, September 15, Kang’ata vowed that he would seek hefty damages against the three remaining media houses if they failed to post a public apology.

UPDATE 11.35: Citizen Digital has issued an apology to Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata over the Sabina Joy video that it shared on its social media platforms purporting that the lawmaker was at the bar during a House session.

The media house took to Twitter and apologised to Kang’ata, a day after he raised the issue in front of the Senate. It admitted to sharing the manipulated video and went ahead to issue its public apology while sharing the correct video of the House proceedings.

“We apologize for sharing a video purported to be from a Senate session where Murang’a Senator, Irungu Kang’ata, was alleged to have logged in from a bar. We have since established that the video had been manipulated. Here is the real video,” Citizen Digital wrote while sharing the original video.

Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata has demanded Citizen Digital, K24 and Kameme FM to apologise for sharing the fake Sabina Joy video or face a lawsuit for defamation.

The media houses had propagated the video alleging that Kang’ata was blocked by Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka from addressing the house on claims that he was in the Nairobi club on Tuesday evening, September 14.

Kang’ata launched a complaint against the media houses over the video, which he alleged was meant to create some form of ideology that he was actually in the bar.

Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata. /DAILY NATION

The senator reiterated his earlier assertion that the voice addition was fake, false, and malicious, further indicating that he has never tasted alcohol in his life. He further called out and accused four media houses of violating the House Standing Orders.

Taking to Twitter on Wednesday evening, September 15, Kang’ata vowed that he would seek hefty damages against the three remaining media houses if they failed to post a public apology.

Citizen digitalKameme FM and K24 should follow suit (referring to the Star Newspaper), otherwise we meet in court for a suit seeking hefty damages await,” reads the statement.

The Star newspaper, under Radio Africa group, has since issued a public apology on the matter and has posted the correct video on its social media pages.

“We apologise for a video posted of Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata logging in to Senate proceedings allegedly from the bar, we have since established that the video clip was manipulated,” the publication stated as they uploaded the correct video.

K24 on its part published a fact-checking article after Kang’ata’s statement dismissing the doctored video while giving its account on the original clip it also shared on its social media platforms as a public apology.

“We can authoritatively report that the voiceover was embedded in the original clip by an unknown internet user and shared widely on various social media posts,” read its article in part.

“We apologize for a video posted & a story run that insinuated that Senator Kang’ata yesterday, joined Senate proceedings allegedly from Sabina Joy. We have since established that a fake voiceover was embedded in the original video,” read its apology on social media on Wednesday, September 15.

Kang’ata was backed by other senators who had demanded for action to be taken against the person who altered the video sayng that it violated the good standing of the House of the Senate.

Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo was in agreement for the media houses to be severely punished for publishing the fake video on their social media platforms and requested the Speaker to ask KBC to share the actual footage of the proceedings.

“You deal with the people who then broadcast the wrong video. They must give an explanation to this House as to how they got that video,” the lawmaker stated.

“When we were complaining about the manipulation of servers, this is exactly what we were saying. First, you manipulate numbers, you manipulate a voice, the next time they’re going to manipulate you. They’re going to show you without clothes but with your voice,” he continued.

Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula also rebuked the media houses who propagated the video and listed one of the publications that claimed that the Speaker overheard a member saying that the senator was at the club. He also questioned the move by media houses to widely share the video to Kenyans who value members of the fourth estate highly.

“Mr. Speaker, Sabina Joy is not just a bar. It is a place of sin and for years it has been a dirty place. For the media to pick that kind of gutter reporting and associate the place and malign him is something we must all condemn,” the Ford Kenya Party Leader stated. 





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