A senate committee has put the Cabinet secretary in the Ministry of Information, Dr Fred Matiang’i together with the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) Director-General Francis Wangusi on the spot to reveal local shareholders of the Pan-African Network Group (PANG), a Chinese company that has been at the center of the digital migration row.
The Senate committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights yesterday gave Matiangi’ and Wangusi seven days to submit the names.
“We will need to sit as a committee and make recommendations to the Senate and am therefore asking the regulator to furnish us with the shareholding composition of PANG in the next seven days,” Busia Senator Amos Wako, who chairs the committee when the two officials appeared before the senate team at the KICC.
Wangusi said that CA had already written to PANG asking for the shareholding details and expect to have them within three days.
Last week, it emerged that a Kenyan firm by the name, Excel Magic International Ltd, has a 6.7 shareholding in PANG.
The Chinese firm has been at the center of the row over digital migration between the country’s top three media houses and the Communications Authority, which has left Kenyans with an unprecedented partial media blackout for two weeks.
Dr Matiang’i said that he would avail the required information within a week.
“We will provide information revealing every detail of what we have done, including the directors of PANG.”
The Committee also urged the two officials to exercise fairness on the digital migration matter and address the grievances raised by the media houses.
Well, Kenyans will be waiting eagerly as always hopefully this time, things won’t go as is with the ‘private developer’ saga in the Lang’ata primary school land grabbing, where everyone felt cheated when the land’s Cabinet Secretary gave the nation cynical names of the alleged owners of the Weston hotel, in what the majority termed as a complete “cover up” and as the opposition called it; “a mere decoy to hoodwink the public”.