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Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK) Director-General Wangusi lands another 4-year term

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By Frankline Sunday | June 24th 2015

Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK) Director-General Francis Wangusi has retained his position at the helm of Kenya’s telecoms sector’s regulator for a second and final term.

This comes after the regulator’s board re-appointed Wangusi for another four-year term with the current one set to expire on August 21 this year.

“The board of the Communications Authority of Kenya has appointed Mr Francis Wangusi as the Director General for a term of four years effective August 22, 2015,” read a statement from Board Chairman Ngene Gituku.

The CA begun the process of identifying the new director general of the regulator two months ago by a call for suitable applicants in April and again in May after a short-fall in applicants.

“Mr Wangusi who is the current Director General of the Authority emerged the best in an interview conducted by the Board and which attracted a total of 29 applicants out of whom six were shortlisted for the final interview,” said Mr Gituku.

Wangusi took over the helm of the CA in 2012, then the CCK, from embattled director general Charles Njoroge and has steered the regulator through several high profile disputes in the telecommunications and broadcasting industry. The digital migration tussle between the Government and the top three media houses in the country threw Mr Wangusi in the middle of the storm testing his mettle and that of the regulator. In addition to this, the CAK is expected to announce new regulations aimed at addressing industry concerns around the dominance of mobile service provider Safaricom, another issue that has caused much heated debate.

Wangusi’s first order of business is to complete the country’s digital migration process, a pet-project that propelled him to the limelight. He is also supposed to address mounting concerns in the competitive telecommunications sector around issues of market dominance and aggressive marketing.

Broadcasting and Licensing

In April, Wangusi indicated that he would most probably take a shot at another term in office insisting that the projects he started would continue irrespective of who takes over the leadership of the authority once his contract expired.

“I would like to state categorically that every decision we have made regarding the digital migration process and the concerns about market dominance by certain players was made by the regulator and not by myself as an individual and whoever will be the chair after August 2015 whether it is myself or someone else will continue with the work that is already ongoing,” he stated then.

Before being appointed as Director General, he previously served as director in the departments of Broadcasting and Licensing Compliance and Standards, respectively at CCK.

Prior to joining the authority, he served as a senior lecturer department of telecommunications engineering at the Multimedia University. Wangusi holds a Master’s degree in space sciences (satellite communications) and BSC degree in telecommunications engineering.

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