19 February 2013

Kenya: TNA Accuses Royal Media of Bias

The National Alliance party (TNA) has formally lodged a complaint with the Media Council of Kenya (MCK) and the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) accusing the Royal Media Services (RMS) over what it terms as "unconstitutional, illegal, unethical and unprofessional conduct."

The party said this after their representative to Citizen TV's Monday Special news edition was "blocked" from attending the session. In a press statement released to newsrooms, TNA alleged that Assistant Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs Hon. Kabando wa Kabando, was locked in the waiting room and barred from participating in the show.

The host of the show explained Kabando's absence as him being unable to attend, but when Kabando wa Kabando himself inquired why he was barred from the show, he was told by the Citizen T.V. Staff that the proprietor of the Channel, Mr. S.K. Macharia, was "angry" that in a previous show Hon. Kabando wa Kabando "insulted" the station by calling it "CORD-TV".

TNA in the statement has asked that action be taken against RMS to dissuade them from such action in future. "We urge the IEBC and the Media Council of Kenya to sanction Royal Media Services and in particular Citizen T.V. for the disgraceful conduct," the statement read.

The party further wants RMS chairman to be directed to refrain from participating in politics as this is in breach of Section 108 of the Elections Act.

"Mr. S.K. Macharia should be made aware that his position in the CORD Summit is incompatible with his position as the proprietor of a prominent media house and as such he should immediately cease his active role in politics and apologize to the Nation," the statement said.

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