- The top officials of recently privatised fixed line and mobile operators Gamtel and Gamcel have been sacked by the companies’ new owners, Lebanese holding group Spectrum Group. Katim Touray, Managing Director of GamTel, and Foday Sisay, General Manager of Gamcel, have been relieved of their posts with immediate effect, according to the paper’s sources. Touray was appointed MD of Gamtel in December 2006, succeeding the former holder of the position, Omar Ndow, who is currently standing trial on charges related to economic crimes. In addition, three other directors including the deputy general manager of Gamcel, have also been sacked.
- Tarsus Technologies has announced the appointment of Mark Campbell (from Ingram Micro South Africa) as its Lenovo and IBM general manager, following the move of Ron Keschner who will be pursuing new initiatives within the MB Technologies group.
- A parliamentary committee accused an MP of attempting to interfere with work it was doing in connection with mobile phone company Safaricom. Justin Muturi (Siakago, Kanu), the chairman of the Public Investment Committee, named Baringo Central MP Gideon Moi, saying he went to a Mombasa hotel to attend one of their meetings without being invited. Moi of Kanu is also the chairman of the parliamentary committee on Energy and Communication.
The MP concurred with another member of the committee, Wafula Wamunyinyi (Kanduyi, Narc), that Moi asked them why they were interfering with his business interests. Said Muturi, in Kiswahili: "It is true that the member joined us at Whitesands Hotel, where we were compiling our report, and told us: 'Mbona mnamwaga mchanga kwa chakula changu? (Why are you soiling my food?')
- It is with great sadness we report the death of Miko Alexis Rwayitare (65) died on Tuesday last week. He died after developing complications following a "minor", routine surgery on Monday in Brussels, said a statement issued by his company, Telecel on Tuesday. Rwayitare was one of the pioneers of mobile telephony and seemed to be taking second breath and building up a new company.
South African agency SITA saw its COO Noedine Isaacs-Mpulo resign in what the agency's head describes as a “strange manner” because it was tendered to the Chair of the Executive Committee rather directly to him.