Kenyans took to social media on September 11 to vent their frustration at the news that President-elect William Ruto’s team had hired an outside firm to cover his inauguration instead of using Kenyan media.
Digital strategist Dennis Itumbi of Ruto’s communication team released a statement in which he said that the hired corporation, Live Eye, will put up a channel with the intention of streaming the national event throughout the continent.
The Kenya Presidential Inauguration channel goes live on September 12 in advance of the ceremony on September 13.
The network will continue broadcasting for another three days until its last broadcast on Thursday, September 14.
There was widespread speculation that local broadcasters wouldn’t be allowed to air the event and would have to pay the contractual agency, Live Eye, to rebroadcast the stream.
However, a reliable source has assured that the stream would be made available to local broadcasters at no cost.
According to the same source, all journalists from Kenyan news sources would be granted access to Kasarani Stadium to cover the event for the sake of their later prime time reports.