A joint committee of Parliament wants the KBC Act reviewed to make it consistent with Article 34 (4) of the constitution. "The Committee notes that the Act Cap is outdated and should be reviewed to confer independence to the institution and shield the management against political interference," says a report prepared by a joint committee on Energy, Information and Communications and the House Broadcasting Committee. The report was tabled in Parliament on Thursday by Karachuonyo MP James Rege.
The committee notes that there has been political interference in the management of the corporation. "This can be deduced from the exit of several CEOs under unclear circumstances and from the cited cases of influence on the broadcast content," says the report.
The committee wants the board to conduct an audit of all KBC assets and move with speed to obtain all the title deeds of its land with a view to safeguarding against land grabbers.
The committee wants the Minister for Finance to take the necessary steps towards improving KBC's financial status including restructuring its balance sheet by converting the broadcaster's debt into equity.
"The government should increase its financial support to KBC to accelerate the process of restructuring and enable it effectively perform its role as a national public broadcaster," says the report.