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New CA boss stamps authority with new appointments

This comes after leadership disputes rocked the state agency following the exit of Francis Wangusi who was at the helm since 2012/CFM

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 11 – The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has announced the changes in its senior management, barely three weeks after the appointment acting Director General Mercy Wanjau.

In a statement, Wanjau says the reshuffle is meant to enhance service delivery as well ensure the realization of CA’s vision of a digitally transformed nation.

This comes after leadership disputes rocked the state agency following the exit of Francis Wangusi who was at the helm since 2012.

Some of the appointments include that of Christopher Kemei, currently the Director of Licensing, Compliance and Standards who has been redeployed as Director of Universal Service Fund (USF).

The firm has also named Matano Ndaro, currently the Director, Competition, Tarrifs and Market Analysis as the new Director of Licensing, Compliance and Standards.

Maxwell Mosoti, currently Acting Director of Universal Service Fund (USF) has been redeployed as Acting Director of Competition, Tariffs and Market Analysis.

According to the Authority, the new changes will contribute towards the overall institutional performance and delivery of the Government’s Big 4 Agenda for the benefit of the citizens of Kenya.

‘‘The Authority is committed to effectively discharge its mandate to ensure that the ICT sector contributes to the country’s socio-economic growth. In order to achieve this, one of our Strategic Plan (2018-2023) objectives is to strengthen the institutional capacity and stimulate a high performance culture,’’ Wanaju said.

Late August, the Consumer Federation of Kenya (Cofek) filed a case to the Employment and Labour Relations Court seeking the suspension of the recruitment of Wanjau to replace Wangusi; the court suspended her appointment.

Cofek had moved to court, arguing that the CA board was not properly constituted, and therefore could not appoint a new boss.

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It is therefore unclear whether the new appointments will be effected; on one hand, Cofek interpreted the ruling to mean Wangusi was still in office while the CA board maintained it only stops it from naming a substantive replacement, but does not quash appointment of Mercy Wanjau as acting director-general and her roles.

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