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CCK gets new boss

NAIROBI, July 21 – Minister for Information and Communication Samuel Poghisio has formally announced Charles Njoroge as the new Director General of the Communication Commission of Kenya.

Though widely expected that Njoroge would fill this position, official confirmation was not forthcoming until the Minister released a formal statement Monday evening. 

Until his appointment, Njoroge, an Economist by profession, was the Director in charge of Competition, Tariffs and Market Analysis, a position he held since 2005. 

He has been responsible for economic regulation in the Commission, which included among others, policy formulation; competition and market analysis.

Njoroge joined the Commission in 1999 at its inception.  He previously worked for the now defunct Kenya Posts and Telecommunications Corporation as a senior telecommunications Economist.  His experience in the sector spans over 25 years. 

While at the Commission, Njoroge has spearheaded major projects including the Universal Access study, which gave birth to the Universal Access strategy adopted by the Commission, Telecommunications Network Cost Study that saw issuance of  interconnection rates among fixed and mobile telecommunications operators in 2007. 

The determination provided new pricing principles for the fixed network operator as well as interconnection rates for both mobile and fixed networks.

He also oversaw the Internet Survey, the launch of the Geographical Information Service, and initiated the Postal Sector Market Study currently underway.

Njoroge holds an MA in Development Economics from Dalhousie University, Canada, a BA in Economics from University of Nairobi, Kenya and a Postgraduate Certificate in Telecommunications Regulation from University of Westminster, UK.

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Njoroge beat two other contenders for the job.

The CCK Board had presented the names of John Omo, Charles Njoroge and Nashon Awayo to minister Samuel Poghisio for appointment.

Omo is the Commission Secretary and Head of Legal affairs at CCK where he has been involved in developing the new licensing regime presently under discussion in the industry.

While Engineer Awayo, is a former Telkom Kenya employee.

The three were short listed from a list of 47 candidates

Last week Communication Minister had indicated that he will be announcing the name of the new Director General this week.

The appointment is a culmination of two months of intensive head-hunting for the new boss, following the retirement of the immediate former Director General John Waweru who had served for a period of three years.

Waweru was appointed the Director-General and Chief Executive Officer in May 15, 2005.

Peris Nkonge, who until her appointment, was the Finance and Accounts Director at the CCK has been handling the DG\’s docket in an acting capacity.

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