NEW CA BOARD: ICT Cabinet Secretary Mr. Joe Mucheru (centre, front row) poses for a group photo with the recently appointed board members of the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) after their inauguration on Tuesday.

The new Board of the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) was formally inaugurated on Tuesday by the ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru setting the pace for the directors to formally embark on their work. Speaking at the event held at the CA Centre, Mr. Mucheru expressed his confidence in the team advising them to execute their duties with diligence, having been recruited through a rigorous and competitive process. ‘‘The transparent recruitment process is testament to the independence of the board. I am convinced that the selected Board is fit to lead this very important institution in the sector, through oversight and policy direction in the regulation of the ICT sector,’’ said Mr. Mucheru. The Cabinet secretary said law clearly defines CA’s threshold of independence and as such, the new should endeavour to work within the confines of independence from government, commercial and political interests.

Mr. Mucheru called for a harmonious working relationship and synergy between the new Board and the CA management, to build upon the past experiences and create a better future for Authority as the regulator of the ICT sector.

Broadcasting and Telecommunications Principal Secretary, Mr. Sammy Itemere who also sits on the board, apprised the new team of urgent matters that now require their immediate attention. These include the ongoing ICT sector policy review; discussions on the proposed amendments to the ICT Sector Law; ongoing review and development of ICT Sector regulations; discussions on emerging issues such as cyber security and ecommerce; and the development of the national addressing system to facilitate the growth of e commerce.

Other issues are the operationalization of Universal Service Fund projects; discussions on the competition framework; discussions on new spectrum allocation policies and improved use of radio spectrum, market dominance and the award of 4G licenses.

CA chairman Mr. Ngene Gituku, encouraged the new Board to promote dialogue and continually engage stakeholders in the sector in order to strengthen the existing regulatory regime.

The Director General, Mr. Francis Wangusi said that staff at the Authority are excited with the coming of the new board and are at hand to give their best support to see the organization succeed.

The seven board members are Prof.Levi Obonyo, Kentice Tikolo, Patricia Kimama, Davis Kitur, Guyo Huka, Paul Kukubo and Mugambi Nandi

The board will serve for a three-year term with effect from 29th April, 2016.

Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) Director General Mr. Francis Wangusi (left) exchanges sponsorship agreement with Mr. Stephen Karinga,the Ag.CEO of the Kenya Academy of Sports after the Authority renewed it’s sponsorship of FC Talanta toa tune of Ksh. 69 million for the next three years.FC Talanta currently plays in the FKF Super League.

The Authority this week signed a Memorandum of understanding with the Kenya Academy of sports (KAS), marking another three-year partnership and sponsorship of FC Talanta. The Ksh. 69 million deal is CA’s flagship CSR project aimed at supporting talented boys from vulnerable backgrounds who comprise FC Talanta 

During the ceremony, the DG reiterated the Authority’s commitment towards supporting the team and wished them the very best in the FKF Super League.

The Ag. Chief Executive Officer of KAS Mr. Stephen Karinga promised to continue upholding the image of the Authority through the team. The sponsorship runs for a period of three years with an annual disbursement of Ksh.23 million.

FC Talanta comprises graduates of the Kenya Academy of Sports (previously the National Youth Talent Academy) and has provided a platform for the youths to not only nurture their talents but also proof that gain income from football.

The team has been an incubation ground for talented players who have since made great strides in the local football scene.

In 2013, FC Talanta’s Rodgers Omondi was a surprise call up to the national team Harambee Stars in their World Cup qualifiers game with Namibia.

Various FC Talanta players have also been absorbed by Premier League clubs in Kenya, while some have gone abroad for trials with clubs in Sweden.

The Authority first sponsored the team in 2012 for a period of three years thus the renewal of the sponsorship is a big boost to the club as it will go a long way it enabling it achieve its objectives.

In a Gazette notice dated 4th May, 2016, ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru has appointed seven people to sit on the CA board after the disbandment of the previous one.

The seven are Daystar University don Prof. Levi Obonyo, lawyer Mugambi Nandi, former ICT Board boss Paul Kukubo, Public Relations expert Kentice Tikolo, businessman David Kitur, Guyo Huka and a banker, Patricia Kimama.

The new directors will serve for a three-year term with effect from April 29.