Court allows status quo on CA boss Francis Wangusi successor hiring

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The Employment and Labour Relations Court has ordered for a status quo on the director general Francis Wangusi successor recruitment.

Wangusi’s contract lapses on August 22, 2019.

The development means Mr Wangusi will stay in office until August 27 when further directions will be issued upon inter-parties hearing.

Cofek on Tuesday filed a petition against the Attorney  General Kihara Kariuiki, praying that owing to sensitivity of regulatory role of Communications Authority, the Director General shouldn’t be allowed to leave office when there is no functional board in place.

Cofek also pleaded with the Court to nullify the recruitment process of the CA Director General single-handedly being conducted by CA Chairman Ngene Gituku.

Informed sources indicate that ICT CS Joe Mucheru prefers current CA Company Secretary Ms Mercy Wanjau to succeed Wangusi.

She was recently promoted to the position left vacant by African Telecommunications Union Secretary General John Omo.

In a strange development we couldn’t verify, our sources told Cofek that Ms Wanjau reportedly told the outgoing director general to his face to approve her leave and hand over to her upon her return.

If Mr Mucheru succeeds in his alleged mission,  the CA DG, Chairman and himself will come from one County. Mr Mucheru was born in Kiambu County but has settled in Nyeri County. 

The Kenya Information and Communications Act (KICA), 1998 restricts ICT Cabinet Secretary from directing CA other than offering policy directions of a general nature and which must be in writing.

In another development, Cofek is actively considering legal action over suspect amendment of KICA law to favour local companies to pay for license fees of Sh2.5 bn for mobile telephone services license for a staggered period of 10 years.

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