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Kenya seeks new Comms Authority director general

By , Kenya Correspondent
27 Oct 2023
Kenya’s Communications Authority has opened the applications process for a replacement director general.
Kenya’s Communications Authority has opened the applications process for a replacement director general.

Following the resignation of Ezra Chiloba, earlier this month, as the director general (DG) of Kenya’s Communications Authority (CA), the authority has now opened applications for his replacement.

In a notice published on Thursday, CA said it’s seeking a ‘dynamic and visionary leader’ to serve as the director general.

“The director general is responsible for providing strategic and visionary leadership and has full operational responsibility in the development, implementation and evaluation of strategic business plans of the Authority,’’ states the vacancy notice.

“The DG will play a crucial role in the management and oversight of the institution, ensuring that CA fulfils its mandate of regulating and promoting the ICT sector in Kenya.’’

Chiloba resigned on 18 October, just a few weeks after he was suspended, following allegations of abuse of office and conflict of interest. He was appointed to the position in September 2021, for a four-year renewable term taking over from the late Francis Wangusi, whose term ended in August 2019.

CA is the regulatory agency for the ICT industry in Kenya with responsibilities in telecommunications, cyber security, e-commerce, broadcasting, multimedia and postal/courier services. The authority is also responsible for managing the country’s numbering and frequency spectrum resources, managing and administering the Universal Service Fund (USF), as well as safeguarding the interests of users of ICT services.

CA says the DG will be entrusted with a wide array of core responsibilities to ensure effective regulation and promotion of the ICT sector in the country.

“The DG will be expected to provide visionary leadership, set a strategic vision for CA, and foster a culture of innovation and excellence within the organisation.”

“They will play a pivotal role in developing, implementing, and enforcing regulatory policies and standards while ensuring that regulatory decisions are fair, impartial, and in the public interest,” it adds.

Christopher Wambua is currently serving in the position, in an acting capacity. 

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