Deputy President William Ruto has once again taken issues with The Standard, faulting the newspaper for the manner in which it reported his engagements in Meru yesterday.
Ruto’s visit to Meru region had heavy political undertones with the publication covering it under the title: “BBI a waste of tax-payers money, says Ruto”.
Through his Twitter account, Ruto alleged that The Standard is pushing a skewed narrative using misleading and sensational headline.
“The headline of this article by the Standard Newspaper is misleading and sensationalist. It is clearly meant to cause disaffection and push a narrative that only the Standard knows.” Ruto wrote.
During the visit DP once again reiterated his opposition to calls to amend the constitution through a referendum.
“It is imperative that media should be guided by accuracy, truth and fair reporting.” He added.
DP Ruto’s frosty relations with the media
Ruto is on record dismissing the media severally for what he claims is fake news eveb when facts indicate otherwise.
Case in point is when K24’S Anne Kiguta asked him to clarify his remarks on preparations for 2022 elections and concerns that he has embarked on early campaigns against the directives of the President which were captured on camera.
He slammed the Kenyan media alleging that it thrives on fake news.
“These are tapes you have choreographed. That is what the media is all about…I know many media houses that cook stories and fake news” Ruto asserted.
Earlier this week, Ruto cautioned news publishers to refrain from constantly using his name in order to make sales and spread fake news.
His caution was in reference to a headline used by “The Star” newspaper that he termed as Fake news.
“This is what constitutes FAKE NEWS. I know it is difficult but newspapers should try selling without the ‘Ruto’ mention. Please! Tafadhali woiye!” reads DP Ruto’s tweet.
Last month, DP Ruto was at it yet again after The Standard published an article alleging that President Uhuru Kenyatta had snubbed him (DP) at JKIA upon his return from a trip in Zambia.
“FAKE NEWS ALERT!!! I was nowhere near JKIA. I am NOT surprised that some media houses & their owners are this desperate. Tuwasamehe tu!!,” he posted.
Journalist bear the brunt
His relationship with the press has suffered in recent days with journalists covering his events bearing the brunt of the stale relations.
Last weekend, the DP dismissed journalist who had gone to cover his event, ordering them to be moved away.
“Nyinyi tokeni hapa, tokeni. Msonge nyuma. Wafukuze kidogo wakae mbali. Kwani mnafikiri nilikuja kuongea na nyinyi ama nilikuja kuongea na wananchi. (Please leave, move behind. Push them slightly further. I came here to address the public, not you-journalist)” Ruto ordered.
Moments later, people believed to be his security detail are heard effecting the order amidst cheers from the public.
On 27 June, journalists who had camped outside DP Ruto’s Karen residence in the hope that the DP will show up and speak on the assassination claims were treated to a rude shock after they were kicked out by security personnel.