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'Angry Nairobians' protest analogue switch-off

27 February 2015, 12:45 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - 'Nairobians' have protested the switch-off of analogue signal at the Communications Authority CA headquarters, but it is alleged that not all that meets the eye is in order.

The activists took to the CA headquarters along Waiyaki Way in Nairobi Friday morning to protest what they term as a wrong decision by the CA to switch-off analogue signal.

Carrying old Cathode Ray Tube televisions and live chicken, the protestors complained that the CA had overlooked the realities on the ground in switching off analogue signals.

They claimed that Kenyans are now in the dark seeing as their favourite TV stations are off air.

TV stations NTV, KTN, Citizen TV and QTV have been off air for two weeks and have complained that they have not been handed enough time to switch from analogue to digital.

They are seeking until May to move to digital and import their own set top boxes.

But the CA has said that the switch-off is in line with prior agreed guidelines and that they will not change the dates and that the three stations should sort themselves in the meantime.

Somewhat controversially though, on interviewing protestors outside the CA headquarters, some alluded to being coerced into doing the protest.

" We have an incentive yes," one said of the protest.

" That aside, Kenyans are really suffering at the moment and we need the government to address the current situation because most if us are in the dark," the protester who did not want to be named told News24.

Another said that the job they were doing at the CA was necessary.

" This is a necessary job. Kenyans need to be helped out and I have volunteered to do so. We need our rights and we are being denied the right to information by the switch-off," the man said.

The CA has insisted that it will force through the worldwide deadline for migration which stands at June 17, 2015, despite most Kenyans not having the set top boxes.

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