The Kenya communications bill is just plain scary. It means the government will have the power to read your mail and sms without seeking the authority of a court of law in the incidence of an "emergency." Although the media cannot be allowed to run rogue, there are certain civil liberties that must be observed.
The media is a very powerful voice of the people. It is the expression of our liberties. The media bill if accented will effectively gag the media. Cases of corruption will not be published in the name of "infringing on the privacy of the individual." The media will not report on irregular allowances given to our "beloved" MPs and misappropriation of CDF funds among other issues.
We all know that corruption is rife in this country and that the KACC is a toothless bulldog. They have "reported" on cases of corruption by people at the very top but as far as prosecution is concerned, no one has faced the "law", if any legislation to that effect exists at all. We all know that if any was to face the law it would be a sham. We saw the circus that was goldenberg. The system is completely flawed. We cannot expect the very same people who engage in such acts to self regulate, these are the people in power, they are the same people making such laws.
The cleverly disguised Kenya Communications Act, is an effort to settle scores by our 'grand coalition government" with the media for highlighting the MP salary taxation issue and for highlighting the irregular allowances appropriated to some of our leaders. What these legislators are doing in effect is legalising impunity. If this bill is passed, we will plunge into the anarchy of the 80s where one party rule was the order of the day. We will lose our civil rights.
Are you not entitled to your privacy? The fact that postal employees and other people will be looking into your mail and reading your sms, is an infringement of that right. So far, I have not seen or heard any law to act as a check and balance, in the incidence that somebody reads your mail or sms and causes you damage by making known things that you would rather keep secret.....
By Erastus Marugu
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