Kenyan TV apologize to President Kiir for Dr. Biar’s comments
President Salva Kiir has received an apology from Kenya’s KTN television station for airing recent ‘disrespectful’ statements made against him by Dr. Peter Biar Ajak.
Dr. Biar said on his morning program last week that President Salva Kiir couldn’t meet Kenyan mourning because he was “hungover.”
On April 28, Kiir came to Nairobi to pay tribute to the late Mwai Kibaki, whose state burial was attended by thousands of people the next day.
Dr. Biar was seen on KTN after the event denouncing President Kiir.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs then summoned and presented the Kenyan Ambassador in Juba a protest letter over Dr. Biar’s drunken statements about President Kiir on Thursday.
Samuel Nandwa expressed sorrow for the incident and pledged to take measures.
The Standard Group, which owns KTN news, apologized to President Kiir in a letter viewed by NCMP for what it called “inaccurate and terrible statements against him on television.”
According to the statement, the unpleasant words have surely strained the Standard Group’s warm and mutually beneficial relationship with the leadership, government, and people of South Sudan over the years.
“Sir, on behalf of the Standard Group PLC management and workers, I take this early opportunity to humbly apologize to you personally for the misery and sorrow our error has caused you, the government, and the people of South Sudan,” the apology letter continues.
“We planned to provide an official retraction to you on air this Wednesday morning at the weekly show where the error occurred.” Furthermore, we are taking significant internal steps to guarantee that such an occurrence does not occur again.”
The Standard Group and its media outlets have pledged to continue to engage in dialogue with President Kiir’s administration and the people of South Sudan in order to further the region’s cause of human advancement.