The Star (Nairobi)

20 February 2013

Kenya: TNA Furious Over Citizen TV Snub

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Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta's TNA party yesterday wrote to the electoral commission and the Media Council of Kenya complaining that a local station blocked assistant minister Kabando wa Kabando from its premises.

The party said that Kabando as its representative in a debate on Citizen TV was blocked at the the last minute from participating in the 'Monday Special' show.

"The reason given to Kabando wa Kabando by the Citizen TV Staff was that the proprietor of the Channel, SK Macharia, was "angry" that in a previous show it was alleged that Hon Kabando "insulted" the station by calling it "CORD-TV. On the alleged day, The Hon. Minister never used the term "Cord-TV" but had instead decried Royal Media Services obvious partiality after its principal shareholder publicly stated his affiliation to CORD," TNA legal affairs director Jasper Mbiuki said in his letters.

Mbiuki said that the action by the station not to allow Kabando into the studios was a "flagrant breach and total disregard of Section 108 of the Elections Act". During the show, the presenters said that Kabando had not arrived but they were expecting him.

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