National broadcasting headquarters in Kenya shut down

National broadcasting headquarters in Kenya shut down

- Kenya's state broadcaster has been shut down for non payment of taxes that spans over half a century

- The state broadcaster is owing up to  $20m (£14m) and has paid  a sum of  $50,000 to clear part of the debt

- Dozens of state companies owe the government millions of dollars

National broadcasting headquarters in Kenya shut down

The front view of Kenya's state broadcaster

Officials of the Nairobi County government have shut down the premises of Kenya’s state broadcaster .

The state broadcaster’s premises was shut over unpaid land taxes of up to $20m (£14m), some of which are reported to date back more than half a century, since just after independence.

The officials sealed off the gates of the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) compound demanding payment.

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Authorities had earlier threatened to auction the building and the assets of broadcaster, in order to clear the debt. A huge notice displaying the debt owed to the city has now been placed outside the gates of the building.

It's reported that KBC has now paid $50,000 of what's been owed. A county official has told the BBC that dozens of other state departments and institutions owe the city of Nairobi millions of dollars in unpaid land taxes.

 

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