Journalists should be locked out of Constituent Assembly committee meetings, a member said yesterday.
Mr Lukuvi, who is the minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (Policy, Coordination and Parliamentary Affairs), said CA committees should be left to work without any interference, adding that journalists and other members of the public should not involve themselves in the teams’ activities.
Mr Lukuvi, who is also the Isimani MP, was speaking during a seminar organised to discuss the draft standing orders after they were tabled by the committee named by CA interim chairman Pandu Ameir Kificho to fine-tune the proposed rules.
However, many CA members said the process of writing a new constitution should be open because the envisaged statutes belong to the people, not the Assembly.
Earlier Mr Lukuvi said journalists should not be allowed in when committees were discussing various issues because they might “distort facts and feed the public with misleading information”.
He added that there was a possibility of some reporters focusing on a handful of selected individuals instead of reporting the whole process.
“We must make sure that journalists and other members of the public are not allowed to attend committee meetings. After all, there is no room to accommodate them all,” he said.