Be im­par­tial to gain pub­lic con­fi­dence, Me­dia Com­plaints com­mis­sion­ers told

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Judiciary -

Me­dia Coun­cil Com­plaints Com­mis­sion mem­bers were sworn in yes­ter­day by High Court judge James Waki­aga. Timothy Kar­iuki, Kwamboka Oyaro, Es­ther Aduma, Philip Mbaji and Abdi Mo­hamed Has­san took the oath at the Mil­i­mani law courts. Two mem­bers — Wangethi Mwangi and Henry Maina — were not sworn in, as they were out of the coun­try. The com­mis­sion has a back­log of 150 cases to hear and deter­mine. It is not known if all the cases are from the govern­ment or in­di­vid­u­als. The com­mis­sion has urged mem­bers of the pub­lic to file their com­plaints to it, in­stead of rush­ing to court all the time. This was echoed by Star editor-in-chief Charles Kerich, who was re­cently ap­pointed Me­dia Coun­cil’s chair­per­son. Waki­aga urged the com­mis­sion to strike a bal­ance be­tween the free­dom of ex­pres­sion and in­di­vid­ual rights. “You’ve to han­dle the task im­par­tially to gain pub­lic con­fi­dence,” he said.

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