Kenya’s ICT watchdog the Communications Authority of Kenya has a new Director-General – Mercy Wanjau. She will be taking over from Francis Wangusi, whose tenure came to an end a few days ago.
Wanjau will serve in an acting capacity as the CA pursues a permanent replacement.
Francis Wangusi assumed his role as Director-General back in 2012. His time with the Authority has been rigorous thanks to a series of ICT activities and polices that the CA has been tasked to oversee. The CA, which currently overseeing admirable growth in the use of ICT services and products marked by the adoption of internet-based tools, has, for the most part, offered its leadership satisfactorily, of which the outgoing DG was part of.
The CA also says it is confident Ms. Wanjau will execute her tasks competently.
After serving audit firm KPMG in South Africa as a junior legal consultant, Mercy Wanjau held a series of legal consultancy jobs for PwC, among other local firms. This is, however, not her first time working with the CA: she served as a senior and principal legal officer for the Authority in the early 2000s. She was also a regulatory specialist for the United Nations International Telecommunications Limited and as a non-executive Director for ICT Authority from 2009 to 2013.
In 2019, she was appointed the Legal Director of the CA.
Wanjau’s impressive CV has adequately prepared her for the new role.