The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has appointed its very own Legal Services Director Mercy Wanjau as Acting Director General.
Prior to her appointment Ms. Wanjau served as a consultant with Price Waterhouse Coopers and KPMG South Africa. She currently serves on the board of the SOS Children’s Villages and is a Council Member of the Institute of Certified secretaries Kenya. She boasts of having Master’s degree from the University of Cape Town and Strathmore Business School.
“Ms Mercy Wanjau is a commercial lawyer, a regulatory and governance professional currently working with the Communications Authority of Kenya as the Director Legal Services and Board Secretary. She has been involved in designing and harmonising policy and regulation in the ICT sector at the local, regional and international level for over 15 years,” CA Board Chairman Ngene Gituku said in a statement.
Ms. Wanjau is set to take over from Francis Wangusi whose contract expired on Friday (today). Mr. Wangusi had been at the helm of the communications regulator since 2012 when he took over from then Director General Charles Njoroge. Under his leadership the country was able to seamlessly transition from analogue to digital transmission.
“He is a transformative leader under whose watch the ICT sector realised significant achievements, including migration of the country from analogue to digital TV broadcasting that expanded competition in the broadcasting industry,” the statement said.
According to the Star Newspaper, the transition period at the CA may not run as smoothly as initially intended with Mr. Wangusi vowing not to hand over the title to Ms. Wanjau. Mr. Wangusi claims in the Star report that he is yet to receive instructions on who to handover to. He similarly states that the Board of Directors at the communication regulator rejected Ms. Wanjau’s appointment despite the announcement by Board Chairman Ngene Gituku.