- Suit filed against the Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, his counterpart in ICT Joe Mucheru, the Director General of the Communicational Authority and the Attorney-General.
The Law Society of Kenya has revived a protest against shut down of three private television stations by the government early this year.
Although the High Court issued an order on suspending the shutdown in a different case and the three TV stations are back on air, the lawyers’ body claimed in a new suit that the rights of those media houses were violated.
Through lawyer Daniel Musyoka, LSK has sued the Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, his counterpart in ICT Joe Mucheru, the Director-General of the Communicational Authority Francis Wangusi and the Attorney-General.
The society wants the Mr Matiang'i, Mr Mucheru and Mr Wangusi declared unfit to hold public office.
"The three officials abused their power and authority and are individually liable for violating the Constitution which they swore to uphold and protect,” said Mr Musyoka.
Three private leading media firms, Royal Media Services, Nation Media Group and the Standard Group are listed as interested parties in the suit filed Tuesday.
LSK mainly pointed a finger at the Communication Authority Director General Francis Wangusi for failing to give any justifiable reasons before proceeding with the shutdown that continued for at least seven days.
LSK accused the sued parties of violating national values and principles, violating the right to seek, receive and impart information, independence of media as well as fair administrative action.
“At all material times, the sued parties whether acting jointly or severally abused their power and authority by acting in a partisan, subjective as well as dictatorial manner,” said Mr Musyoka.