KENYANS PLAY MUSICAL CHAIRS AS KIRUI GOES TO TK AND WAWERU TO CCK

Telecoms

In something of a climb-down, the Kenyan Government announced that the Director-General of the regulator CCK Sammy Kirui would go to Telkom Kenya as its Managing Director. In turn, Telkom Kenya's MD John Waweru would go to CCK as the Chair of CCK's new board. Seen locally as something of a political master-stroke by the Government, it looks a bit like one of those reality TV shows where individuals agree to swop jobs for a month. Hopefully it will last longer that... Acting Director-General Kalubi remains in place for the time being.

The Commission has not had a board since Tuju dissolved the old one in March, and said investigations would be launched into its conduct. "I have ordered investigations into various issues that have come to the attention of my ministry," he said at the time of dissolution. Last week, a list sent to the newsrooms did not contain any explanations on the changes.

The dissolution of the CCK board came amid growing controversy over the licensing of Econet Wireless International as the third mobile operator, and the award of a licence to the second national operator (SNO) for fixed line telephony.

Also moved from CCK like Mr Kirui was the chairman, Gen (rtd) Peter Kariuki, who will now head the board of mail firm, Postal Corporation of Kenya. He was replaced by Joseph Njagi Kagau formerly of Postal Corporation.

Other members of the CCK board are Charles Ogalo, Yusuf Chanzu, John Supuk Musengi, William Kamoti and Alice Munyua. The first three directors were retained from the old board. Dan Ameyo remains the Post Master-General as does long-serving chairman Ndolo Ayah as chairman of Telkom Kenya.

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