As of Friday January 2nd 2009, the Kenya Communications (Amendment) Bill 2008 has been assented to by President Kibaki and the Kenya Communications Act of 1998 has now been amended by the Kenya Communications (Amendment) Act 2008.
So now what?
Well, in my view, one thing we need to move away from is focusing the discussion on the Amendment Bill; there’s that element of futility since it’s now an Act of Parliament.
This Act The 1998 Act contains debatable sections, most notably Section 88 – 92, which I previously discussed.
The Act could now either be:
- Repealed – highly unlikely the amendment Bill will be repealed;
- Amended – a new Amendment Bill is introduced that specifically deals with Section 88 and the other contentious clauses; according to the Minister of Justice & Constitutional Affairs, Martha Karua, it’s a possibility.
Of course the fortunes of any of the above actions seeing the light of day depends greatly on the political mood of the country. Perhaps some news may be made on Tuesday when the Prime Minister Raila Odinga holds a ‘crisis meeting’ with ODM top brass to “reassess the party’s standing in government” . Word is the VP and PM were not privy to the President’s intentions to assent to the Bill.. It will be interesting to see how this unfolds.