Gov’t will pay debt owed to media, CS Mucheru says


ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru with US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec. Photo/COURTESY
ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru with US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec. Photo/COURTESY

Media houses will be paid the over Ksh.1billion owed to them from advertising services offered, the Government has said.

ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru said plans are underway and the President is committed to ensuring that this is implemented.

“The media are important because they enhance good governance, promotes voter knowledge and hold the government accountable,” he said.

Mucheru also noted that the government’s delayed payment should not be taken to mean that the rights of the media fraternity in Kenya have been violated.

He further urged the media to focus on issues that improve the development of the country.

Mucheru was speaking during the Editors Convention 2018 where US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec also announced cited a grant of Ksh20million to the Kenya Editors Guild.

According to Godec, the move will help promote freedom for journalists through training.  “Freedom and rights in Kenya are hard won and we must defend them,” he said.

 

Report by Nicky Gitonga and Salome Murugi

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