Court Suspends Communications Authority of Kenya From Hiring Director General


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The High Court has suspended the Communications Authority of Kenya from hiring a new Director General.

The Employment and Labour Relations Court suspended a recruitment notice for the position of Director General for the regulator following a suit lodged by the Information Communication Technology of Kenya (ICTAK).

They accuse the regulator of issuing a discriminatory recruitment notice that is heavily tainted with illegality and impropriety. They have also been accused of failing to detail several specifications, among them proposed remuneration.

“The respondent as the apex communication regulator ought to strictly adhere to the law in the filing of any legally prescribed position,” ICTAK said.

The regulator re-advertised the post of Director General recently as per Business Daily and this latest development is the new episode of the saga.

The Communication Authority of Kenya has had quite a bit of drama in filling of the Director General post. Last year, the former Director General, Francis Wangusi, tenure ended and the obvious step was appointing his replacements. Mercy Wanjau assumed the role in an acting capacity in August 2019 but later on in November 2019, Wangusi was reinstated to the role of DG. The same month, the CA clarified that the Employment and Labour Relations Court did not nullify the appointment of Mrs Mercy Wanjau as the CA Director General.

We will have to wait and see how this will turn out and whether we will eventually get a permanent Director General for the crucial regulator.