Tuesday July 10th 2012 – Rachael Shebeh, nominated MP has asked the government to protect whistleblowers particularly those giving information on drug trafficking. Shebesh cited the names of high profile journalists like Denis Onsaringo, Mohamed Ali of KTN and John Allan Namu of NTV. She said that they should be given state security due to the nature of their job; they are bound to rub shoulders of very big dangerous persons.
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She said that their investigations expose important and sensitive national issues related to drugs trafficking. Shebesh also asked the government to give security to Richard Nerma, a police who gave information to the journalists. She said that she was speaking with confidence because she has three officers guarding her but she feels bad to see the most confident journalists doing their work without protection.
Speaking to the media at parliament building, Shebesh said if everything is left the way it is, the government will continue to invest on commissions of inquiry when fundamental rights to witness protection are compromised. A few weeks ago, the speaker of parliament ordered the government to enhance Shebesh’s security after she linked the death of George Saitoti to drug trafficking.
Her plea comes just a week after senior reporter Allan Namu and his crew that have gone into hiding carried a story involving the Kenyan government in protecting Rwanda’s genocide kingpin Felicien Kabuga. Mohamed Ali and Dennis Onsaringo have severally been forced to record statements with the police for getting death threat texts.