Use your ‘Fourth Estate’ powers to ensure peace ahead of August Polls, Media urged

Media practitioners have been challenged to use the power of the ‘Fourth Estate ‘ in ensuring peace ahead of the August polls and ensure devolution works.

Addressing media practitioners during a 2 days media workshop on devolution held in Kabarnet, Baringo County, Dishon Mgonda-an expert in Devolution matters called on the media to ensure devolution works through creating awareness among the citizens on the roles of devolved systems.

“As we head to elections, the media has a big role to play in sensitizing the public and creating awareness to ensure peaceful exercise. I would like to call on all journalists to ensure they are in the forefront in preaching peace” he said.

While condemning the spirit of leaders bribing the citizens in order to be elected, the devolution expert stated that this will only come to an end if the people will be sensitized on the effects of voter bribery.

According to Mgonda, the issue of voter bribery is the reason why Kenyans elect leaders only to regret for the next five years since the elected leaders have no interest on the common citizen.

“You were bribed to elect the leaders…..and your job ended there is no way they will serve you….so let the media help in addressing this issue” he said.

The 2 days media Workshop on Devolution was attended by journalists from different media houses from Nakuru,Baringo,Trans Nzoia, Elgeyo Marakwet and West Pokot counties.

The 2 days media Workshop on Devolution Courtesy of Partnership for Transformational Devolution and Centre for Enhancing Democracy and Good Governance was attended by journalists from different media houses from Nakuru,Baringo,Trans Nzoia, Elgeyo Marakwet and West Pokot counties.

Topics covered included : Understanding Devolution, Budgeting Process, Investigative and Analytical Reporting on Devolution as well as Hosting Professional Talk shows and conflict-sensitive reporting.