The team of the incoming president of Kenya, William Ruto, has prohibited local media from covering his swearing in ceremony in order to give Multichoice Kenya Ltd, a subsidiary of a South African pay-TV business, exclusive broadcast rights.
KBC, the national broadcaster of Kenya, owns a small portion in Multichoice Kenya Ltd.
The contractor’s live stream will be delivered to regional broadcasters.
Although the contract’s specifics haven’t been made public, local media outlets have frequently covered presidential inaugurations on a collaborative basis without charging the government any money.
Local media outlets and journalists have protested the revelation, with the top-tier Daily Nation newspaper accusing the president-elect of squandering “opportunities to rise to statesmanship”
“The optics of giving a foreign broadcaster the sole responsibility to cover a state function are cringeworthy,” it wrote in Monday’s editorial.
The choice was justified by Mr. Ruto’s communications staff, who said the contractor will “provide a channel for the rest of Africa”
Additionally, they claim that the local media has a bias against Mr. Ruto due to negative coverage of his campaigns and the coalition he leads, Kenya Kwanza (Kenya First).