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June 25, 2018

LSK wants CS Matiang'i, Mucheru sacked for shutting down TV stations

Interior cabinet secretary Fred Matiang'i with ICT cabinet secretary Joe Mucheru. FILE
Interior cabinet secretary Fred Matiang'i with ICT cabinet secretary Joe Mucheru. FILE
The Law Society of Kenya wants the court to declare ICT CS Joe Mucheru and his Interior counterpart Fred Matiang'i unfit to hold public office for shutting down three television stations in January. 
In a petition filed on Tuesday at the Milimani law courts, they argue the two alongside CAK director abused their powers and authority acting in a partisan, subjective and dictatorial manner.
The society wants the three to be held personally accountable for violating their oath of office. 
LSK argues that there was no reasonable justification for them to switch off the TV stations.
"CAK Director, Mucheru and Matiang'i' acted knowingly, deliberately and willfully against the law and in disregard of the constitution, a lawful court order and the sovereign power of the people of Kenya," the petition reads. 
According to LSK, the actions by the said state officers willfully and recklessly violated the oath and solemn affirmation of due execution of the office of CS and state officer that they each individually took to obey, respect and uphold the constitution. 
Citizen, KTN News and NTV  are listed as interested parties in the case.
The three stations were switched off by the government on January 30 for airing the NASA swearing in.

 

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