CA fails to appear before House committee over TV shutdown

Communications Authority of Kenya. PHOTO: COURTESY

Nairobi, KENYA: Communication Authority of Kenya has snubbed a meeting scheduled by National Assembly Information, Communication and Technology committee over the shutdown of television stations during the January 30th swearing in of NASA leader Raila Odinga.

Speaking to the press, committee chair who is also Marakwet West legislator, William Kisang said that the Authority failed to appear before the committee due to cases related to the January 30th shutdown which are pending in court.

On Thursday, the case which was involving the three television stations Citizen Tv, NTV and KTN were withdrawn whereby the three stations told Justice Chacha Mwita that they were not interested in pursuing the case, though court directed that case involving government officials on the shutdown should proceed to full hearing.

However, some media houses appeared before the committee led by standard group CEO Orlando Lyomu said that the company is pursuing the matter by reviewing the damages occasioned during the shutdown.

“There is a financial impact that is quantifiable, down to the number of days, that we were off air,” Lyomu said

Kisang said that Nation media group lost sh.22 million shillings as a result of the shutdown.

He said that there is a need for stakeholders in the media industry to come together and handle challenges that are affecting the industry to avert such scenarios in the future.