Sixteen year old Juliet Dande,a student, addressing the media after a 'taking over' as the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) Director General during the International Day of the Girl. She is flanked by Mr.Lennart Reinius,Country Director,Plan International Kenya and CA DG Mr. Francis Wangusi. Juliet a student from Our Lady of Fatima in Nairobi, had a chance to chair a management meeting and address staff.

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) in conjunction with the Plan International Kenya today hosted the International Day of the Girl (IDG) celebrations, which saw a 16 year old girl, take over the Director General’s position at the Authority.

Juliet Dande, a Form Two (2) student at Our Lady of Fatima in Kibera, Nairobi, had a lifetime chance to take over as CA Director General for about two hours as part of events marking the day.

In her ‘new’ capacity, Juliet chaired a meeting of senior management and also had chance address staff of the authority on her expectations. The ‘Take Over’ concept is meant to offer opportunities to young girls to step into the shoes of Political, Social and Economic leaders.

TheIDG is marked annually on 11th October to highlight and address the needs and challenges girl’s face, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.

“Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG5) on Gender Equality is not about girls and women only, they cannot change the world alone, they need allies,’’ said Mr. Lennart Reinius, Country Director, Plan International Kenya, during a media briefing. He challenged various stakeholders raging from the government, the civil society, corporates, leaders, parents and children to collaborate in addressing gender discrimination in the society.

CA Director General Mr. Francis Wangusi said termed the take over initiative a novel idea offering young girls a lifetime experience that reinforces the fact that no dream is beyond realization.

“This experience is an incredible boost to her confidence as a girl, and a sure proof that all dreams and aspirations that people have can be realized. It will definitely encourage her to aspire for greater achievements in life as she continues to pursue her studies,’’ said Mr. Wangusi

The DG said the Authority has equally put in place interventions to promote gender equity at the work place as well as protect the interests of children in the media space and the Internet.

The Authority is implementing a Programming Code for Free-to-Air radio and TV broadcasting that obligates the media to take measures to protect children and encourage programing that develops their physical, mental and social potential.

Additionally, Mr. Wangusi announced that the Authority would roll out the second phase of the Child Online Protection (COP) in February next year. The initiative dubbed seeks to create awareness on safety of children on the Internet. The first phase was implemented in 2015. Mr. Wangusi added that Plan International, a key partner in the campaign since 2015, would now be able to incorporate more of the children and especially girls in this second phase of the project.

The Department of Children Services (DCS) representative Mrs. Marygorret Mogaka who attended the event said the Government is concerned with the progress in realization of gender equity in the country and will continue to push for changes in the law and policies that advance those efforts. Ms. Mogaka also indicated that Children’s Bill 2017 is set to be validated, through collaborative efforts with various Civil Society Organisations (CSO’s) and other partners.

Both Communications Authority of Kenya and Plan International Kenya also promised to work together in petitioning the 12th Parliament to fast track the enactment of the Computer and Cybercrimes Bill 2017 to, among others, to enable timely and effective detection, investigation and prosecution of computer and cybercrimes in Kenya. They expressed confidence that if both State and Non-state actors work together to advocate for the enactment and implementation of legislations and policies to curb cybercrimes, Kenyan children will have a transformed and protective society that guarantees their rights and freedoms.

Every year during the IDG, Plan International in liaison with various partners implements a number of initiatives to promote girls’ visibility, drive new opportunities for action and investment in girls from across the world.

Plan International envisions reaching 100 million girls globally in the next 5 years in line with its global strategy.

Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) Board member Mr. Mugambi Nandi (left) and Director General  Mr. Francis Wangusi (second left) being taken by CA’s Ms. Rachel Alwala through some of the dipslays at the CA stand at the Nairobi International Trade Fair. The Authority posted exceptional results at the  trade fair that ended last Sunday.

The Authority finished this year’s Agricultural Society of Kenya (ASK) Show in style by posting a spectacular performance at the Nairobi International Trade Fair.

At the event, the CA added two more trophies to its vault after being declared the best stand Embracing Information and Communications Technology Systems as well as in promotion of national cohesion. Additionally, it emerged second in Media Services and the Regulatory and Corporation stand and third in the Non Agricultural Based Board stand category.

This year’s achievement is arguably among the best the Authority has realized at the trade fair after winning five (5) trophies at the annual event.

At the Kisumu Regional Show, CA was ranked the best stand in Electronic and Media Services, second in Community Services and third in two categories, namely; Best Non-Agricultural Based Board stand and Best Regulatory Stand.

In Mombasa, the Authority took the feat a notch higher, after being declared the best Regulatory Authority and Corporation stand as well as the best stand Embracing Information and Communications Technology Systems. It came second in Youth Activities, Empowerments and Capacity Building and third in promoting National Cohesion and Integration Development as well as in Community Projects/Services.

The ASK Shows have become a popular platform for the Authority to create awareness on its mandate as well as interact with users of ICT services on their rights and obligations. At the three events, about consumers visited the stand while consumer education materials were distributed.

Payment of goods and service through the mobile money transfer platforms hit Ksh692 Billion in the three months to June, the latest sector statistics report by Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) indicates.

The value of KSh.692 billion is quite significant compared to Ksh102 billion in December 2015, when the industry regulator first captured these statistics in its quarterly reports. The number of mobile commerce transactions stood at 316.5 million.

Person to person transfers were valued at Ksh. 541.8 billion.

The report covering April/June 2017, indicates that the number of mobile money subscriptions stood at 28.0 million while the number of agents was registered at 180,657.

During the quarter under review a total of 480.5 million transactions (withdrawals and deposits) valued at KSh. 1.2 trillion were made. 

“The positive growth witnessed in the mobile money transfer service was largely driven by the widespread use of mobile money solutions and adoption of the service among traditionally underserved groups (rural populations), and increasingly broad range of mobile money services (including insurance and loan products) in Kenya,” reads part of the report.

Mobile money has become an integral part of commerce in Kenya over the past decade. It has evolved to become a loan disbursement tool, adding to other uses such as peer transfers, betting, as paying for shopping, utility bills (water, rent and electricity), school fees, and receiving dividends.

The Internet/ data market segment experienced positive growth during the financial year 2016/17 with total number of Internet subscriptions hit 29.6 million, translating to an increase of 15.2 per cent from 25.7 million in the previous quarter.

“The growth was driven by 15.3 per cent increase of in mobile data subscriptions to 29.4 million at the end of the quarter, which accounted for approximately 99 per cent of the total subscriptions,” the report noted.

The Authority in the report also said the increase of mobile data subscriptions could be attributed to continued fall in the costs of smartphones coupled with the widespread availability of the handsets.

The number of data subscriptions grew by 9.9 per cent in this period when compared to the same period of the previous year.

 The total number of terrestrial wireless data subscriptions recorded an increase of 30.5 per cent to post 47,231 subscriptions at the end of the quarter under review up from 36,104 subscriptions registered in the previous quarter.

When compared to the same period of the previous financial year, there was a two fold increase which the quarterly report attributed to the licensing of new players in the market during the financial year.

Fixed Digital Subscriber Line(DSL) data/Internet subscriptions rose to 2,715 during the period under review from 2,452 subscriptions reported in the third quarter marking an increase of 10.7 per cent. However when compared to the same period of the previous year there was a decline of 11.4 per cent over the year.

Fibre optic data subscriptions stood at 54,700 subscriptions up from 48,040 subscriptions registered during the previous period while broadband subscriptions were recorded at 15.4 million up from 13.7 million posted in the preceding quarter representing a growth of 12.6 per cent.

The broadband penetration thus stood at 34.2 per cent as at the end of quarter under review up from last quarter’s 30.4 per cent

Fixed broadband speeds of greater than or equal to 256 kbps recorded the least number of subscriptions while those above 2 Mbps recorded the highest number of subscriptions during the period under review. The same trend has been observed from quarter-to-quarter.

You can read the full report here