The second annual broadcasters Kuza Awards hosted by the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) will be held in May 2018. 

The CA made the announcement today while meeting broadcasters to inform the on the event that fetes excellence in the broadcasting industry. 

The announcement commences preparations for the event, which was started by the Authority last year to motivate broadcasters to strive for quality services as well as compliance with the regulatory requirements.

The Kuza Awards seek to identify and reward broadcasters who have demonstrated excellence in their services as well as in compliance with the Programming Code for Free-to-Air radio and television broadcasting services.

The Code outlines the programming standards that radio and TV broadcasters have to observe, and constitutes one of the licence conditions that broadcasters have to adhere to.

Speaking at a meeting with broadcasters, Communications Authority of Kenya Director General Mr. Francis Wangusi said the awards will serve as a motivation to the broadcasters given the critical role that media play in the society.

‘‘This award aims at motivating broadcasters to devote their energies and resources to offer quality services to the consumer, considering the strong influence broadcasting exerts to society on language, culture, morals, values, and our worldview,’’ said Mr.Wangusi.

This year, the awards have been broadly categorized into three categories comprising 16 awards. The categories are Regulatory Compliance, Collaborative and the Peoples’ Choice.

The winners in the Regulatory Compliance and Collaborative categories will be picked based on their compliance with the Programming Code and Licence Conditions, while the Peoples’ Choice Category will be based on consumer feedback on the social economic impact of broadcasting services on the community.

The 2018 Kuza Awards will adjudicated by an independent jury, in addition to data collated from the various Authority’s broadcasting reports and feedback obtained from consumer through an online voting system.

The Director General challenged the broadcasters to invest more in quality programmes to meet the needs of the consumers as well as the regulatory requirements.

‘‘It is my sincere hope that the Kuza Awards initiative will go a long way to motivate the industry to put their best foot forward, towards enhancing compliance with the regulatory requirements, and in providing quality content that positively impacts the community,’’ said Mr.Wangusi.

Winners shall be feted at an Awards Gala on 23rd May 2018

You can read the full statement here

Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) Director General Mr.Francis Wangusi (centre) addressing the press on vandalism of communications infrastructure in the country.He said the destruction is causing huge losses in the ICT industry,  compromising access to quality services by consumers and affecting other sectors.He is accompanied by Mr.Christopher Wambua (left),Acting Director, Consumer and Public Affairs and Mr. Perminus Karungu,Assistant Director in the Licensing,Compliance and Standards. 

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has condemned the destruction of communications infrastructure witnessed in some parts of the country, noting that it threatens to erode the massive investments and other gains made in the sector. Mobile operators have equally suffered huge losses and costs associated with restoring services in the affected areas.

The incidents of vandalism of the telecommunications infrastructure are attributed to terrorist attacks that took place in Mandera, Garissa and parts of Lamu Counties earlier in the year, as well as in Kisumu County in the aftermath of the just-concluded electioneering period.

While addressing the press today, Director General, Francis Wangusi said, ‘‘This worrying and dangerous trend has caused network and service outages in the affected areas thus putting the lives of Kenyans at risk, given the significant role that telecommunications services play in provision of emergency response and other basic critical services.’’

Mr. Wangusi warned that by vandalizing telecom infrastructure, criminals and terrorists are not only crippling the ICT industry, but are also jeopardizing other services such as banking and finance, emergency services, health services, national security and local businesses that rely on ICTs.

The destruction, he noted, compromises access to quality services by consumers for whom the very infrastructure has been set up.  “Most of the Base Transmitter Stations (BTS) deployed in the country accommodate a multiplicity of players through infrastructure sharing and colocation arrangements.’’ said Mr.Wangusi.  Vandalising one is always likely to have effect on services of other operators.

The Authority, through the Universal Service Fund (USF), is putting in place interventions to avail communications services to all in Kenya especially in areas where service gaps have been identified. However, the vandalism acts could easily degenerate all the efforts being made to ensure all Kenyans access communications services. 

The ICT Access Gaps study carried out by the Authority in 2016, indicated that it would require over Ksh. 70 billion close the existing ICT gaps in Kenya. The study also showed that 164 sub-locations out of the 7,149 in the country have no mobile network coverage, while 348 sub-locations have less than 30% mobile network coverage. 

He therefore called on all Kenyans to safeguard telecommunications and other critical infrastructure, which is key in the transformation of lives and boosting Kenya’s competitive edge globally.

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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.  

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