CARMEL RICKARD: Kenyan communications minister called to order
Ensuring the independence of key communications bodies from political interference is a widespread concern, as a recent Kenyan ruling shows
If you thought the difficulties of appointing independent boards for key communications bodies — and keeping them effective — made SA somehow unique, think again. Communications and information seem widely contested spheres of influence for governments elsewhere too.
Just last month Kenya published a special gazette announcing that Joseph Mucheru, cabinet secretary in the ministry of information & communications — equivalent to a cabinet minister — had appointed four out of seven members of Kenya’s communications authority board, effective immediately.