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Deputy president William Ruto has said president uhuru Kenyatta will not assert the draconian media bill at this time.
The draconian bill was passed by the parliament but the entire media fraternity protested against the bill since it’s meant to to control the media freedom.
Ruto told journalists in Addi’s Ababa that the president won’t sign the bill but he will refer it back to the National Assembly for amendment.
Nairobi governor Dr Evans Kidero has added his voice on the controversial media bill requesting the president not to sign it, since its meant to kill the freedom press.Kidero said the constitution is very clear on how to deal with press when it act illegally. He accused the senators for their proposed bill which will rank the governors at the second place after the senators and ban governors and attorney general from flying the national flag.
National Assembly Committee on energy, communication and information chairman Jamleck kamau led his team to defend information and communication bill and asked the president to sign it to law. He accused the press for what he termed as one side reporting hence misleading the public.
The Constitution and Implementation Commission through his chair Charles Nyachae has written to the president asking him to refer Kenya Information Communication bill to the National Assembly for amendment.
The bill introduces hefty fines for media houses and individual journalists and creates tribunal.Nyachae said the bill violates Article 34 of the constitutional that stipulates that the state shall not exercises, control over or interfere with any person engage in broadcasting, the production or circulation of any publication or the dissemination of information by any media.
Jamleck told parliament nothing was unconstitutional about the bill. He further said the tribunal will only recommend that such punitive measure to be embraced by media council of Kenya
Nyachae faulted clause 7 of the bill which creates a Communications Authority of Kenya (CCK) with some of the board members appointed through a process that solely involves parliament and Executive, bridging Article 34(3) of the constitution.
The bill was protest against by both media and public while Media Owners Association threading to go to court to seek orders to block the president from asserting the bill to law.