, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 10 – The High Court has temporarily halted Friday’s planned digital TV migration to December 23.
The ruling by Justice David Majanja follows an application lodged in court by three media houses.
The date for the ruling was issued after the media, the Attorney General, Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK), and other parties in the suit finalised their arguments.
The ruling could however be issued earlier if the judge finalises it sooner.
CCK lawyer Wambua Kilonzo contended that there was no obligation on the signal distributor to provide digital set top boxes to consumers as argued by the applicants.
The commission argues the decision to buy the set top boxes belongs to consumers and not broadcasters.
Wambua told the court that the broadcasters were insincere and wanted to use the courts to stop a procurement process which they lost.
He told the court the argument by broadcasters that they should be given a digital license is not supported by law.