Communications Authority of Kenya Director General Ezra Chiloba has listed Capital FM, NRG among 60 stations’ to be cancelled today Wednesday.
The radio frequencies are to be cancelled for failure to comply with the Communications Act. In a statement, Chiloba explained the decision stating that the radio stations failed to comply with the licence agreement provided by the Communications Authority per the Kenya Information and Communications Act.
“Take notice that the Authority has commenced regulatory actions against the following listed broadcasters and applicants of broadcasting service provisioning licences for failure to comply with the relevant requirements as provided for in the Act,” read the statement in part.
Ezra Chiloba said it is illegal to provide any form of broadcasting service in Kenya without a license issued by the Communications Authority of Kenya.
According to the Kenya Information and Communications Act, 1998, it is illegal to operate a radio station without permission from the authority.
“In accordance with Section 46C of the Kenya Information and Communications Act, 1998, it is illegal to provide any form of broadcasting service in Kenya without a license issued by the Communications Authority of Kenya,” added the statement.
He added that going against the Act results in a fine not exceeding one million shillings or a prison term not more than three years or even both, “Contravention of this requirement attracts a fine not exceeding KSh1,000,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years or both.”
This comes after he earlier announced a six-month ban of Pastor Ng’ang’a-owned Sasa Tv for the use of offensive language while on air.