ANC Party Leader and Kenya Kwanza Coalition Principal Musalia Mudavadi has asked Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru and the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) Director-General Ezra Chiloba, to publicly explain to Kenyans the exact reasons behind the controversial acquisition of the 5th Generation (5G) network Spectrum.
Mudavadi said the network has been acquired by a cabal of private business person’s yet it should be owned by the Government.
He says, Mucheru and Chiloba should come clear on whether the said individuals paid the government of Kenya for the acquisition and, if so, at how much was the Spectrum sold to them.
The former Finance Minister who also served as Minister for Information and Communication at one time demanded the duo publicly state whether monies accrued from the sale hit the government’s accounts at the National Treasury.
“We want our MPs to query the ICT people in government, there is information that the 5G spectrum has been allocated to individuals, if so, at how much and has the money been paid to the government?” posed Mudavadi.
The former Deputy Prime Minister now wants Parliament through the National Assembly Committee for Information, Communication and Technology to help Kenyans find the right answers to the fundamental questions surrounding the acquisition of the 5th Generation Network Spectrum.
“Is there ‘something’ that happened? If not, let them re-assure Kenyans that the 5G Network Spectrum has not just gone and if it has gone can they reveal who was the beneficiary and how much has the Kenyan Government earned from it?” Mudavadi asked.
CA is the regulatory authority for the ICT industry in Kenya with responsibilities in telecommunications, e-commerce, broadcasting, postal/courier services and cyber security.
The State agency is also responsible for managing the country’s numbering and frequency spectrum resources as well as safeguarding interests of consumers of ICT Services.
The 5th Generation (5G) network is a roadmap that outlines strategies to facilitate the deployment of technologies that enable to derive maximum benefits in the ICT sector.
It also helps harnessing the opportunities for Social-Economic Development.
If harnessed well the 5G network provides a new platform with adaptability to cost efficiently support the new wireless applications, services and deployment models.
Mudavadi made the remarks in Nairobi on the final day of a seven-day series of meetings with Kenya Kwanza Nairobi County Opinion shapers, leaders and aspirants drawn from all the 17 constituencies and 85 wards of Nairobi County including the Clergy Community which he met on the final day of the consultative meetings.
He has called upon Kenya Kwanza supporters to remain steadfast saying that in the Kenya Kwanza leadership they pledge to ensure all Kenyans live a dignified life full of respect.
The ANC boss also urged Kenyans at large to free themselves from political slavery and forge a united front moving forward towards the August 9th 2022 General Elections.
Kenya Kwanza has fronted itself as the Alliance which will make sure that the resuscitation of the economy, creation of jobs and wealth for all Kenyans is a dream that will come true come August this year.