The Kenya Union of Journalists (KUJ) has called for the immediate resignation and prosecution of Health Principal Secretary Dr Nicholas Muragari for threatening a journalist.
KUJ Secretary General Erick Oduor also called upon President Uhuru Kenyatta to demand accountability from such public officers who believe that espionage in newsrooms is the cure to corruption.
Stellar Murumba, the Nation Media Group writer for Business Daily who covered the loss of Sh5 billion at Afya House, was on Wednesday threatened by the PS when asked about the audit queries.
“Thousands of Kenyans die every second due to lack of drugs and medical equipment in our public hospitals, but a public officer who is entrusted with this very significant responsibility of saving lives can afford to defend the loss of Sh 5 billion with threats to journalists,” said Mr Oduor in his call for the PS’s resignation and prosecution.
Mr Muraguri told the journalist she had no knowledge of government operations threatening to snoop into her communication and hack into her bank account.
“Besides dancing on the graves of Kenyans whose lives could have been saved by the drugs and equipment that were to be procured by the diverted funds, Dr Muraguri disclosed that indeed the government can hack into systems of newsrooms,” stated the union.
The PS had said the government can hack into Nation and obtain the story even before its published.
“This is an affront on Chapter Six of our Constitution and we call upon President Uhuru Kenyatta to demand accountability from such public officers who believe that espionage in newsrooms is the only cure to corruption cancer in government ministries,” concluded the union.