- Tuesday, 10 May 2016
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.