Information and Communication Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i (centre) and Consumers Federation of Kenya secretary general Stephen Mutoro in a past press conference. 

DAILY NATION/Lilian Ochieng - The government is locked in a fresh battle with a consumer lobby group that could further delay the switch from analogue to digital broadcasting scheduled for October.

The Consumer Federation of Kenya (Cofek) on Monday said it has withdrawn from the government-led Digital Television Committee barely a month after the two parties agreed to co-operate in the process to realise a smooth transition.

The lobby has now accused the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology of failing to honour its part of the deal that would have seen Cofek spearhead the migration process.

“While Cofek met all its expectations, the government side did not honour even a single expectation,” said Cofek secretary general Mr Stephen Mutoro.

Fresh doubts

The move now casts fresh doubts on the success of the migration which was expected to kick off by switching off analogue signals in Nairobi in the next two months.

In the deal signed last month, the government was to give Cofek the mandate to head a new nine-member Digital Migration Stakeholders’ Forum. However, Mr Mutoro said the government had instead handed the lobby a seat on the Digital Migration Committee and scuttled its efforts to lead the forum.

Though Cofek has said it will not go back to court to oppose the migration, the new disagreements could lead to further delays in the transition with less than two years left to the global deadline.

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