The outspoken member of parliament for Kapsaret constituency, Mr Oscar Sudi, has faulted the media for reporting about the health condition of former president Daniel Moi.
According to Sudi, the media coverage after Moi was admitted in hospital was an invasion of privacy, primitive, shameful, and outright disrespectful.
“I woke up this morning and I was surprised to see screaming headlines on our local newspapers detailing how Mzee Moi is unwell. This is shameful, primitive and a show of disrespect from the media. Have we run short of issues and news in our country?” posed Sudi on his Facebook page.
The lawmaker said the former president and his family should be accorded the respect they deserve.
“Mzee Moi and his family should be accorded the respect they deserve; with his age, routine check-ups are normal and expected of anyone who is old like him. Let’s respect the family and allow Mzee to recuperate,” he said.
It was reported that Daniel Moi was fighting for his life at the Nairobi Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit after his lungs collapsed.
Later on Tuesday, the family of the former president said he was alert and aware of his surroundings.
In a statement, Press secretary and family spokesman Lee Njiru said the family is displeased with the negative and alarmist reports being peddled around about Moi’s condition.
“He is alert and conscious of his surroundings. The family is asking the media to, in this regard, publish only the medical bulletins issued through the legally established official channel,” Njiru said.
“The family is extremely thankful and grateful to all Kenyans and well-wishers from abroad for their prayers and ‘speedy recovery’ messages.”