16 December 2010

Kenya: FM Radio Presenter Appeals for Security

Nairobi — KASS FM presenter Joshua arap Sang on Thursday asked the government to accord him security because he was a 'small fish' who did not have much security like the other five suspects.

Mr Sang said being named among suspected perpetrators of post-election violence had primed him for opportunistic attacks.

"I am a small fish and I ask the government to protect me against any attempt by anybody to harm me, the rest of the so-called suspects are senior people in the society and therefore enjoy good security," said Mr Sang, who is also the head of station that broadcasts in Kalenjin.

He said he was shocked and surprised to be included among the suspects. He is accused of mobilising gangs to attack PNU supporters.

Mr Sang said he had talked to Mr Moreno-Ocampo early in the month when the prosecutor gave a keynote speech at the second Kenya National Dialogue and Reconciliation Review in Nairobi.

The meeting was organised by the Kofi Annan-led panel of eminent personalities who successfully mediated the election dispute in 2008, and was meant to take stock of the performance of the coalition government.

Mr Sang interviewed Mr Moreno-Ocampo for a special show at the station. "The prosecutor had requested me to convince my listeners that even if they are mentioned as suspects they should not worry much because that was the end, little did I know that I was part of his customers" said Mr Sang.

Mr Sang presents the popular breakfast show programme dubbed Len nee emet (What is the country saying?).

He said the prosecutor's investigations were skewed because he or his office never invited him for questioning on the violence.

"As an investigator worth his salt he should have treated one-sided evidence with caution and would be reluctant to rush to court without allowing me to counter allegations against me," said Mr Sang.

The suspect said he had a strong Christian background and had worked at religious stations for eight years.

"As a matter of fact I went on air to request my listeners to be calm and embrace peace during the time when violence had engulfed the country," said Mr Sang.

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