He says his decade long fight against injustice using a pen and a microphone hasn’t yielded any fruit. Ali explained that the government’s open threat to the media made his work difficult.
He further revealed that open threats, money and a lust for fame in some quarters had replaced journalism. The former KTN reporter said media has been over-run by cartels – the reason why he had to quit KTN on Valentine’s Day and start his campaign to fight for injustice within parliament.
“My fellow Kenyans, I have written and talked and investigated, yet the same impunity that I saw on that hot afternoon threatens us still. We live in a time of unparalleled corruption, masked by the largesse of our leaders. We live side by side with ill-gotten wealth of “tenderpreneurs”, who we know have stolen our taxes, but who walk Scott free. In Mombasa, the scourge of drugs is wasting a generation of young men, many of whom I know personally. Yet the purveyors of their poison sit not in jail, but in the comfort of their homes. I have reported on all of these ills, yet I cannot change them. I cannot change them because the profession I love is now over-run by these same cartels. Open threats, money and a lust for fame in some quarters has replaced journalism. The government’s open threats to the media are out for all to see; they create institutions to deny the media revenue. This is why today; I can no longer remain a journalist. My conscience will not allow it.”
“My conscience also doesn’t allow me to give up on Kenya. I cannot and will not. I want to keep on fighting, for this country that I love so dearly. That is why I resigned from my post at KTN on Valentine’s Day, to recommit my love for Kenya, and stand as a parliamentary candidate for the Nyali constituency seat in this year’s general election.”
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