Photos of Journalists Covering Parliamentary Sessions Sitting on the Floor Emerge

  • Photos of journalists covering proceedings in Parliament while seated on the floor circulated on different social media platforms on Thursday.

    The reporters were covering the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee meeting and the only available seat had been taken by a staffer. 

    One of the journalists who was at the event spoke to and stated that it was not the first time they had to sit on the floor while covering proceedings.

    "Sometimes we get seats, sometimes we don't.  It depends on the number of seats available in a committee room and of course the number of guests invited by the particular committee.

    "Seats are there but not adequate for us, the MPs and the witnesses," a journalist who sought anonymity told this writer.

    The Chairperson of the Association of Devolution Journalists, Roselyne Obala, highlighted the matter on Twitter and raised it with National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi, the Media Council of Kenya(MCK) as well as National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale.

    On his part, the speaker asserted that the matter had been noted and put into consideration.

    "This has been noted. I have since instructed that whenever possible, journalists covering Parliament be adequately facilitated to do their work," he stated in his reply.

    The Standard reported that ever since journalists broke a story about MPs who were believed to have received bribes inside toilets in Parliament, the legislators barred reporters from accessing the washrooms as well as the canteen.