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Government will not interfere with digital migration

30 September 2014, 14:20 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The government is happy with the Supreme Court ruling that called on media houses and the communications authority to dialogue over digital migration.

ICT Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i said that he was pleased with the outcome and urged the two parties in the process to sit down and negotiate for the betterment of the country.

The Supreme Court ordered the Communications Authority of Kenya CAK to open up the bidding process for the distribution licences that three media houses, the Nation Media Group, Standard Group and Royal Media Services have demanded.

The two sides have been given 90 days to negotiate and Matiang'i says that they hope an amicable outcome will be achieved.

" It is a good outcome for the country. It has been a long process but we are heading in the right direction, he said of the ruling.

Read also: Digital migration: Supreme Court urges parties to dialogue

Matiang'i also insists that the government has not taken sides on the matter, saying that it will stay out of the process.

" The CAK is independent and it remains so. We will not interfere with the process, he added.

He also says that the global digital changeover date set for July 2015 will be achieved without any problems.

" We urge the stakeholders to ensure that they agree on a date that will be friendly to both sides as well as members of the public, he added.

Chief Justice Willy Mutunga in delivering his ruling Monday, said that he hoped the two sides would agree amicably for the sake of Kenyans.

" We are giving dialogue a chance. Please, let us not return here in 90 days, he asked the two sides.

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