The ICT cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru skips Senators invitation again for the second time. he failed to appear before the Senate committee to explain TV shut down in early February.
Joe Mucheru last week skipped the session of the ICT committee which was chaired by Baringo Senator Gideon Moi, Mucheru citing a busy schedule.
Mr Mucheru says in the February 16 letter to Senate Clerk Jeremiah Nyegenye “In view of the scheduled ministerial programs, this office will be available to meet the committee from February 26th, 2019, onward.”
It was the second time that the Committee asked the CS to appear, While the third time in March 10, 2018, to explain why the government switched off TV signals of NTV, KTN News, Citizen TV and Inooro TV.
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Apparently, the signals of the named stations have since been restored.
Under the Kenyan constitution, under article 125, a committee of either house of parliament has the powers similar to that of the High Court of Kenya to summon any person to give evidence or providing information.
It thus means that the committee has the power to enforce the attendance of witnesses and examine them on oath or affirmation, compel the production of documents among other details.
Mr. Joe Mucheru was also required to explain why the state was targeting journalist in the latest crackdown on the media. One recent arbitrary transfer of sh1 Billion universal fund to the Directorate of criminal investigations from the Communication Authority of Kenya, following an announcement by President Kenyatta is another issue Joe Mucheru explains to the lawmakers.
Normally, in such a transfer would involve the National Assembly’s approval, which allocates funds to various government ministries, departments, and other agencies.
The Senate committee will also seek to find out whether the order by thee president was written, signed and bearing the official seal of the presidency as required by the constitution.
On the other hand, National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale on Monday faulted Senate’s investigation into the TV shutdown, alleging that the matter is before the courts. Mr Duale also demands Baringo Senator Gideon Moi to stop heading the ICT committee on the account of being an interested party, that Moi owns KTN News, which was also affected by the shutdown.