By Mercy Atieno
The council of imams and preachers of Kenya (CIPK) North rift region on Friday supported Uasin Gishu Journalist Association with donations aimed at promoting free fair and ethical reporting among journalists during the electioneering period.
The chair of the North rift Council Sheikh Abubakar Bini applauded journalists in Uasin Gishu and across the country for ensuring a vibrant society through timely reports, “As a council we are pleased to extend our support to the Uasin Gishu Journalist Association who are our key partners in creating public sensitization and in promotion of good governance” Said sheikh Bini.
The vocal sheikh Bini has challenged the media to adhere to the Code of Conduct for journalist and ensure fair and balanced news reporting especially to all the aspiring candidates for the various political positions, in order to ensure an informed Kenyan voter, “We appreciate the role of journalist in elections, however we ask of them to provide an equal platform for the aspiring candidates to sell their manifestos to Kenyans ,this will ensure peaceful elections and a cohesive society even after the elections” Noted Bini.
The council has pledged to provide more donations especially voice recording gadgets to enable journalists work with ease” I will personally continue to extend my support to journalists who at times work in very demanding conditions just to ensure Kenyans are abreast with what is happening, and I call upon other organizations and institutions to provide more support to journalist as they prepare to cover the party primaries and the August general Election.
The Uasin Gishu Journalist Association through the chair James Gitaka assured that despite the myriad of challenges ,journalist will deliver on their mandate with strict adherence to the code of conduct for the practice of Journalists in Kenya, in a bid to promote professionalism in the media space for a free, fair society,” We appreciate the generous support of the Council of Imams and preachers of Kenya through the North rift Chair Sheikh Abubakar Bini who has continued to closely work with the Eldoret Media Hub that was established with the generous support of the Media Council Of Kenya and the Ministry of Information, we promise Kenyans to offer balanced and fair reports all the time and especially during the August elections” Said Gitaka.
The Eldoret media hub has continued to partner with other institutions such as the The Eldoret National polytechnic and The Transparency international –Kenya with an aim of mentoring young journalists as well as promote news coverage on access to justice regarding the indigent in society.