DP Ruto Team Takes war with NMG over Saturday, Sunday Nation publications

Collins Ogutu | 1 year ago
Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto campaign team slams NMG over negative profiling of its candidate | Photo Courtesy of Reuters

Deputy President William Ruto presidential Secretariat has on Sunday, taken a swipe at Nation Media Group (NMG) over biased publications towards its candidate,  demanding the media house to openly declare its favorite candidate.

This, according to the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Communication head Hussein Mohammed stating that NMG  misled in their reporting following   Saturday and Sunday Nation headlines ' I'll probs Uhuru after polls' and  ‘Day I almost slapped Uhuru’ respectively.

"We express our reservations with the said publications and note our displeasure with your media house’s decision to not only distort facts, but outrightly publish fabricated and imaginative stories whose agenda only you can explain. The stories are not only in bad taste but prove our stance that your media house is among those that have disregarded objectivity and taken sides in covering this election, " said Hussein Mohammed.

The DP Ruto's campaign team described this  as a continued attempt to evade reporting on rather revolutionary policies in the Kenya Kwanza coalition manifesto and intensify the media house  biased framing and negatively profiling of its candidate.

"While your media house is free to support one side, basic decency demands that you publicly state the same, than hiding under the guise of objectivity."

The team also complained of unfair coverage, stating that their opponent of the Azimio-One Kenya  Coalition candidate Raila Odinga was enjoying the lion's share across the media as compared to Ruto.

"Just recently, the Media Council of Kenya in its analysis of the media coverage of the 2022 election confirmed that the Azimio candidate enjoys more coverage at 61.2 percent against Kenya Kwanza alliance presidential candidate at 38.2 percent. This goes to confirm the bias towards the Kenya Kwanza Coalition and affirm the legitimacy of the issues we have continued to raise. Your media house is among those that have been propagating the skewed coverage."

Early, June, the Kenya Kwanza candidate called out a section of the media for biased coverage, saying he will withdraw from this year’s presidential debate over unfair treatment ahead of the August 9 polls.

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