By Kevin Mabonga
Members of the Complaints Commission: Front row, left to right: Timothy, Kariuki , (Commission Chairman), Charles Kerich (Council Chairman), Dr. Haron Mwangi (Council CEO), Wangethi Mwangi (member), Kwamboka Oyaro (Commission member) and Abdi Mohamud Hassan (Commission member).
Back row: Esther Jowi Anyango (commission member), Henry Omusundi Maina (Commission member) and Philip Mbaji (Commission member),
The Media Council of Kenya’s new Complaints Commission is now officially in office.
The Chairman and members of the Commission established under the Media Council Act 2013 were sworn in on 31st October 2016 at the High Court, in Milimani, before Justice James Wakiaga.
This came after they were gazzeted by the Cabinet Secretary for ICT Mr Joe Mucheru on 3rd October 2016.
The members will be in office for three years.
Members of the Complaints Commission poses for photo with judge and deputy registrar at the swearing-in ceremony. From left: Rose Aganyo, Deputy Registrar, Milimani High Court, Timothy, Kariuki (Chairman), Justice James Wakiaga (judge at the swearing-in ceremony), Abdi Mohamud Hassan (member),Philip Mbaji (member), Kwamboka Oyaro (member)and Esther Jowi Anyango (member).
To learn more about roles of the Commission read: MCK gets a new Complaints Commission
The Commission is now tasked with dealing with the over 100 cases awaiting determination.
The seven members, Timothy Kariuki Mwangi (chair), Henry Omusundi Maina, Gladys Kwamboka Oyaro, Abdi Mohamud Hassan, Esther Ajowi Aduma, Wangethi Mwangi, and Philip Mbaji will officially start working after being sworn-in by a High Court judge.
Timothy Kariuki Mwangi, Chairman, Complaints Commission being sworn in on October 31st 2016 at the High Court in Milimani Nairobi.
While Maina, Wangethi, Mbaji and Kwamboka are journalists with newsroom experience, the others are lawyers, some of whom have served in the Advocates Complaints Commission and the judiciary.
Media Council of Kenya Chairman Charles Kerich and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Haron Mwangi have urged any person or institution with any media related grievance to lodge the complaint with the Complaints Commission for adjudication.
“We are optimistic that the commission will handle the many cases that have piled up for the last two years,” said Kerich.
The Media Council of Kenya Board was inaugurated on 22nd September, 2016 at the Intercontinental Hotel Nairobi after the term of previous board members expired in November 2015. The new board members, appointed by the Cabinet Secretary Information Communications and Technology (ICT) Mr. Joe Mucheru as per the provision of the Media Council Act 2013, will also serve for three years.