Insiders Head List for CCK Job in Kenya

Telecoms

Two insiders are among the top three contenders to succeed John Waweru, as the head of the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK), the media and telecoms regulatory body. The CCK board has presented the names of John Omo, Charles Njoroge and Nashon Awayo to Information minister Samuel Poghisio for appointment to the sensitive and strategic position in the public service.

Njoroge is the director of Competition, Tariffs and Market Analysis at CCK where he has played a crucial role in overseeing the renegotiation of interconnection charges between rivals Telkom Kenya, Safaricom and Celtel. The renegotiation led to the setting of the maximum levy for a call across networks at Sh30 per minute late last year. He has worked with CCK since 1999 after leaving the defunct Kenya Posts and Telecommunications Company where was a senior economist.

Omo is the Commission Secretary and Head of Legal affairs at CCK where he has been involved in developing the new licensing regime presently under discussion in the industry. The proposed structures have three broad licence categories, which include: network, services and content providers. Previously, the licensing regime was a hostage of the technology employed by the providers. The new regime is geared towards convergence of technologies and multimedia services.

Owayo, an engineer by profession, is a former Telkom Kenya employee. The three were selected from a list of 47 candidates who had expressed interest in the job following the scheduled retirement of Waweru. Omo joined CCK from the Attorney- General Chambers in 2000.

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