ODM NEC PRESS RELEASE, THURSDAY 22ND JANUARY, 2015
A meeting of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) National Executive Committee meeting at Orange House today, Thursday 22nd January 2015 resolves as follows;
1. The ODM will use the universal suffrage mode to nominate the candidate that will fly the CORD flag in the Kajiado Central by election. NEC hereby instructs the party National Elections Board (NEB) to consult the five cleared aspirants and prepare to conduct the party primary on 28th January 2015.
2. ODM condemns in the strongest terms possible the shocking decision by the Jubilee administration to withdraw the digital broadcasting license awarded to the African Digital Network, (ADG), a consortium jointly owned by Royal Media Services, the Nation Media Group and the Standard Group.
The party notes with grave concern that frequencies are grossly skewed in favour of foreign players. We question the award of PANG a Chinese company, 120 Digital Frequencies, Signet (KBC) 54, Lancia Media 11, DMTV (GoTV) 5 while CITIZEN TV, KTN, and NTV under the ADNL Consortium share a paltry 21 digital frequencies. The withdrawal of the licenses is an act economic sabotage against the media stations that collectively command nearly 70 percent of local TV viewership.
If not addressed and the cancellation revoked forthwith, it will lead to massive loss of revenue and jobs to Kenyans.
ODM considers this to be a serious threat to strategic national interest and a damaging attack against local investors. We firmly stand with the media at this latest in a litany of vile assaults against the Media by the Jubilee administration, in utter violation of the letter and spirit of the constitution.
3. ODM commends the gallant pupils, teachers, parents and the general community of Langata Road Primary School for defeating the virulent serpent of land grabbing and impunity. In a single act of resistance and defiance, our heroic children of Langata Primary have handed incredible impetus and zest to the war against land grabbing and impunity. These great children are national heroes. In the same breath we strongly condemn the use of brutal force against little unarmed children.
Not since the June 1976 Soweto uprising in apartheid South Africa has the world witnessed anything like the beastly police brutality meted out on the children of Langata Road Primary school.
Rather than engage in their usual empty rhetoric, we challenge the Jubilee administration to take decisive action against land grabbing pirates and bandits that populate the Jubilee administration.
Hon Ababu Namwamba, EGH, MP