Francis Wangusi will continue serving as the director general of the Communication Authority of Kenya till 2019. This comes after the CA board of directors renewed his term for another 4 years. Wangusi’s current term at CA begun in 2012 and is set to expire on August 22. According to a statement by the board of directors, Wangusi emerged as the best candidate in interviews conducted, to which 29 candidates applied.
The new recruitment for the position was necessitated by the Kenya Information and Communications Act, 1998, as amended in 2013, that required the post of Director General to be filled competitively. The Board advertised for position in April and re-advertised in May, 201 to attract enough applicants.Wangusi’s appointment is inline with Kenya Communications Amendment Act 2013 that gave CA’s board the mandate to hire a director general in consultation with the Public Service Commission.
Wangusi’s helm first terms at the Communication Authority has been marked by harsh fights pitting both the government and the private sector. Among these include mobile termination rates and the fierce digital migration. In a statement posted on Facebook, the Communication Authority highlighted some of Wangusi’s key achievements which included leading the process of transformation of the regulator into an independent Authority; facilitating the growth of ICT industry, making ICT assume an increasingly strategic role in the growth of the country’s economy and a major contributor to the country’s GDP. At the same time, Kenya’s telecommunication’s market became the 3rd largest in Africa and being ranked 2nd in Africa in internet usage.