Saturday, December 13, 2008

The problem with the bill

The bill empowers the Minister, in the interest of public security or tranquility, to unilaterally determine and by order in writing to direct –

“(a) Any officer duly authorized in that behalf to take temporary possession of any telecommunication apparatus or any radio communication station or apparatus within Kenya, and – (b) In the case of a radio communication, that any communication or class of communication shall or shall not be emitted from any radio communication station or apparatus taken under this section; or

(c) In the case of telecommunication, that any communication within Kenya from any person or class of persons relating to any particular object shall be intercepted and disclosed to such person as may be specified in the order; or

(d) In the case of postal services, that any postal articles or class or description of postal articles in the course of transmission by post within Kenya shall be intercepted or detained or shall be delivered to any officer mentioned in the order or shall be disposed in such manner as the Minister may direct; or (e) In the case of broadcasting and any broadcasting apparatus or any radio, television, cable or satellite broadcasting or signal distribution or apparatus within Kenya-

(i) That no broadcasting shall be broadcast from any radio communication station or apparatus taken under this section; or (ii) That any signal within Kenya from any person or class of persons relating to any specified subject shall be intercepted and disclosed to such person as may be specified in the order.