Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) Director General Mr.Francis Wangusi has warned against unwarranted attacks against investors in the ICT sector.

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has today warned against boycott calls of products and services of some of the licensees in the ICT sector, saying this may hurt the economy, lead to job losses and dampen the investment climate.

The warning by CA follows unwarranted political attacks on some licensees on account of their alleged manipulation of the results of the August 8th General Elections and the October 26th repeat Presidential election.

The Authority says such attacks have the potential to diminish the faith and confidence that Kenyans have in information and communications technologies (ICTSs), a critical driver of socio-economic development.

“We call upon leaders across the political spectrum to avoid making utterances that may dampen the investment climate in the country, hurt jobs in the local ICT sector and ultimately compromise the quality of life for the mwananchi,” said CA Director General Mr. Francis Wangusi, in a statement.

Mr. Wangusi meanwhile has called on Kenyans to take advantage of the choice of services available in the vibrant ICT market without undue pressure from any quarter. 

“We encourage ICT consumers to exercise their freedom of choice of services and service providers and create an enabling environment for further investment in the sector to spur the growth of our economy,” He added.

The local ICT industry has made tremendous strides since liberalization in 1999, and is now one of the most strategic sectors of Kenya’s economy.  According to 2017 edition of the Economic Survey, the contribution of the local ICT sector to the growth of GDP was recorded at 6.1%.

The sector has created more than two million formal and informal jobs.  It is also recognized as a key driver of other sectors of the economy, including banking, agriculture, education, health, security and communication.

ICTs have revolutionized the provision of government services by enabling wananchi to access services irrespective of where they live.

The sector remains a key source of government revenue, and has won international acclaim for innovation particularly in the area of mobile money. Mobile money, which is to date the country’s leading payment platform, has played a significant role in deepening financial inclusion and promoting the ease of doing business in Kenya. 

According to the Authority’s 4th Quarter Statistics Report for 2016/17 financial year, the value of mobile money transactions was recorded at Kshs1.081 trillion.  

You can read the full statement here

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.