NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 22 – Francis Wangusi now insists he is still in charge at the Communications Authority defying a decision by the agency’s board to replace him after his term came to an end on Wednesday.
Wangusi told Capital FM News on Thursday he will not hand over to the authority’s Director of Legal Services, Mercy Wanjau, who was named the Interim Director General by CA Board Chairperson Ngene Gituku.
“They are bringing in the most junior person, and I found it even difficult to make her run a department, I saw the news on media,” he says.
He has further accused ICT Ministry together with the board of ignoring his proposal of who should take over, saying he only saw the appointment of Wanjau circulating in media.
“CS Mucheru does not want to talk to me, because they want to steal and I had proposed the oldest member to take up after me and I circulated the letter to the board,” angry Wangusi adds.
His sentiments came hours later after CA announced the appointment of Wanjau, to replace Wangusi whose term has ended.
Wanjau is experienced in commercial law, a regulatory and governance professional.
In a statement by the Communication Authority, announced Wanjau will handle matters to coordinate all the organizational activities.
She has held a position as a commercial lawyer, a regulatory and governance professional, and previously consulted with KPMG South Africa, PricewaterhouseCoopers Kenya and served at the UN-International Telecommunications Union.
The CA board said Wanjau had skills, experience and leadership qualities for the position of Acting Director-General Communication Authority.
The board appraised Wangusi congratulating him of playing a key role in deepening Digital Financial inclusion as well as promoting innovations in all sectors of the economy.
“There is no doubt Wangusi has made a mark in the sector and will remain an important footnote in the history of the ICT industry for a long time,” Board Chairman Ngene Gituku said in the statement.
The board chairman also took time to congratulate the incoming boss and called on industry players to support her in order to consolidate and sustain the gains realized in the sector.
Francis Wangusi has been the authority’s DG since 2012.
He first joined the office in an acting capacity and was confirmed in 2015.