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Digital migrations has not negated democratic gains- Kenyatta

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UHURU KENYATTAContrary to persistent claims, the digital migration roll out has not set back democratic gains says President Uhuru Kenyatta.

In his state of the nation address, Kenyatta said nothing could be further from truth, Kenyans should know that digital migration will unleash the full potential of this medium, expanding the scope of available information to the benefit of the country’s  democracy.

Kenyatta revealed that Kenya has so far migrated 70% of the areas covered by analogue digital with the remaining percentage set to be finalized by end of March.

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Digital migration has made possible high quality television , enabled more television channels, driven down the barriers to entry and created more entrepreneurial and employment opportunities from thecreation of local content. In line with this endeavour, we are extending television broadcasting to parts of the country, which did not enjoy such services previously,” said Kenyatta.

The head of state was of the opinion that the misrepresentation to the contrary is irresponsible, it seeks to insulate entrenched interests and close the door to the many Kenyans who will benefit from an open arena.

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“We as government are willing to work with all stakeholders in the endeavour to grow a vibrant and prosperous broadcasting sector,” he said.

Kenya’s digital migration process has been plagued with quite a number of controversies with the accusatory finger directed at the Communications Authority for allegedly favoring foreign investors over local investors.

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With daggers drawn on both sides, the country was treated to weeks of accusations from both sides that culminated in a forceful switch off of three broadcasters and a period of blackout for people who favour these channels.

Background talks however have since seen the three back and a growing albeit slow transition.

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Susan Mwenesi
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