In what appears to be an escalation of hostilities, tanga tanga legislators seem to be feeling the brunt of a regime that has decided to play hardball.
Feeling the worst of the latest move is Kirinyaga women representative and billionaire investor, Purity Ngirici. Her company, rumoured to be worth 600 million, has been shut down on claims of illegal conduct. At the same time, Meru Senator Mithika Linturi was briefly arrested yesterday on charges of forgery after he was accused of illegally acquiring a 500 million loan by forging ownership papers of a house belonging to his alleged estranged wife, Marianne Keitanny.
In Ngirici’s case, The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) suspended the licence of her company, vernacular station Mt Kenya TV, for four weeks for airing inappropriate content last week.
The CA said that the television station had aired adult content during the watershed period in the programme “Mucii wa Ciana” that aired on the afternoon of April 19, which exposed children to harmful content, especially at a time they are at home on holiday.
The programme featured an animated movie titled “Free Jimmy”, which the communications regulator said contained sexually explicit content and scenes of drug abuse and violence which breached the Programming Code and ICT laws.
The channel, owned by Slopes Media House which is associated with the Ngiricis, was also fined Sh500,000 and ordered to take all its staff to the CA within seven days for training on the programming code.
“In particular, the authority established that the licensee had aired adult content during the watershed period, and at a time when most children were at home during the school holidays, thus occasioning grievous harm to the minors who may have been exposed to the offensive content,” the CA said.
The CA charged the station with violating Part IV (19) of the Kenya Information and Communications (Broadcasting) Regulations of 2009 which outlaws presenting sexual matters in an explicit and offensive manner.