There is rapidly emerging evidence that the plans to rig the 2007 presidential elections were hatched as early as 2005.
The Kibaki plotters realized quite rightly that the media would be crucial in their evils plans. Little wonder that the Kibaki administration produced more media bills or bills affecting the media than all the previous administrations since independence in 1963, put together.
The next part of the plan was to quietly influence appointments in all key editorial positions. The plan succeeded.
Nation Media Group: CEO - Linus Gitahi (From Nyeri)
Editorial Director - Wangethi Mwangi (Murang'a)
Managing Editor (Daily Nation) - Bernard Nderitu ( Kiambu)
Managing Editor (Sunday Nation) - Mutuma Mathiu (Meru)
Managing Editor (Business Daily) - Nick Wachira (Nyeri)
Managing Editor (Daily Metro) - Julius Maina (Not sure which part of Central)
Managing Editor (Taifa) - Wainaina Kiganya (A Kikuyu from Kangemi)
NMG's only publication not headed by GEMA is the EastAfrican. It's headed by a Luo - Jaidi Kisero.
The Citizen: The owner, SK Macharia, owns at least 10 radio stations, a TV, a newspaper, and some unused radio frequencies. He's from Gatanga in Thika. The owner and his media outlets are rabidly pro-Kibaki. Majority of his key staff are from Central province. The radio stations command a big following especially the Kikuyu FM radio inooro, in Central province.
Kameme FM: Owner, Rose Kimotho, is from Nyeri District and her station - plus the newly launched K24 TV channel (gosh, it looks like a Jua Kali TV station) are pro-Kibaki. Rose is also a known Kibaki damu and she was very instrumental in Kibaki's campaign for a 2nd term. Kameme FM is very influential in Nairobi and Central province and its presenters openly campaigned for Kibaki.
KBC: The -state-owned KBC has the widest reach through out Kenya.
MD - David Waweru (Nyeri)
Editor-in-chief - Waithaka Waihenya (Nyeri)
During the Dec campaigns, anyone watching KBC would have thought Kibaki was the only presidential campaign competing with himself! All the other candidates were largely given a blackout.
Before the elections, the Minister for Information was from Nyeri (Mutahi Kagwe) while his Assistant was Koigi wa Wamwere (a Kikuyu from Subukia).
Capital FM: Owned by Chris Kirubi - the political turncoat who signs to the tune of anyone occupying State House.
The above are the biggest media outlets in Kenya and from the look of things, it's evident that they are under the firm grip and control of the Gema community.
This gives Kibaki an edge over his rivals since the media only churns out what is good to the ears of Kibaki and his sychopants. In addition to having a grip on the media, Kibaki has ensured that all key ministries are occupied by Gema. Six out of the 17 ministers who were appointed by Kibaki are from Gema. Kibaki (President), Saitoti (Provincial Admninistration and Internal Security), Martha Karua (Justice), Uhuru (Local Govt), Michuki (Roads), Kimunya (Finance), Kiraitu (Energy).
The Head of Civil Service, Francis Muthaura, is a Meru while the Chief Justice, Evans Gicheru, is from Nyeri. The two influential men were very instrumental in swearing Kibaki for a 2nd term like the thief he is in the lawns of State House.
This blogger is reliably informed that there used to be fireworks in the newsroom of NMG during the electioneering period. Tribal tensions reached fever-pitch high during vote-tallying. Linus Gitahi (who knows nothing about journalism) used to attend editorial meetings to direct what was to be published and he banged tables sometimes when some editorial chiefs tried to defy him. Linus wanted pro-Kibaki stories (that is exactly the reason why he was appointed Nation media group CEO. Any naïve person who believes the cock and bull story about share holders should take another look at the shareholder’s structure of this newspaper).
The Group Managing Editor of the Nation Media group, Joseph Odindo, a mere figure-head in the midst of Kikuyu editors, is widely known to be sympathetic to ODM leader Raila Odinga. Linus and Odindo often clashed as they tried to influence publication of stories that were favorable to their political inclinations.
The NMG newsroom has always been torn along tribal and political lines. Kikuyus call the shots since they are the majority and occupy key positions. Most Kikuyus openly write stories that are favourable to Kibaki. Odindo represents the minority but some junior reporters call him a “Raila extremist.”
In this kind of set up, is it any wonder that Kenyans are not getting the true picture of what is happening on the ground from our media?
P.S. When you see the big picure of the whole evil plan hatched in 2005, it becomes rather obvious as to why people get so nervous about what is published in Kumekucha and choose to stay and make nasty comments rather than move to other blogs and news sites.