At the esteemed Annual Journalism Excellence Awards (AJEA), hosted by the Media Council of Kenya, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Moses Wetangula, delivered an impassioned keynote address celebrating the essential role of journalism in the nation. A glittering affair, the event attracted some of the brightest minds in the Kenyan journalism industry, as well as notable politicians.
Wetangula shared his longstanding admiration for journalism, offering personal insights drawn from his extensive parliamentary career. He emphasized the crucial function journalists serve in maintaining a healthy democracy, while urging them to pursue accuracy and diligence in their reporting.
The Speaker commended the assembled journalists for their tireless work in informing the nation and combating corruption. He encouraged the media to persist in holding the government and other institutions accountable, and applauded their dedication to revealing the truth and defending the rights of the people.
In a show of solidarity, Wetangula disclosed a conversation with his friend, Cabinet Secretary for Home Affairs and National Administration Kithure Kindiki. He had urged Kindiki not to obstruct media access to the embattled region of Shakahola, emphasizing the importance of transparency and investigative reporting.
Wetangula’s concluding remarks paid tribute to the media’s indispensable role in a democratic society, asserting the importance of acknowledging and appreciating their contributions. The AJEA, organized by the Media Council of Kenya, serves as a platform for journalists to display their work, vie for awards, and engage with peers, media professionals, and other stakeholders.
The event not only celebrates the achievements of Kenyan journalists but also provides a valuable opportunity for networking, learning, and exchanging ideas to foster excellence in the field of journalism across the country.