Race for CCK top post enters home stretch
GOVERNMENT| Aug. 20, 2012, 4:53 p.m.
By Semaj Itosno, Nairobi, Kenya
Three candidates have been shortlisted for the post of Communication Commission of Kenya Director General.
Information and Communications Minister Samuel Poghisio has received the names of acting CCK director-general Francis Wangusi, CCK secretary John Omo, and, a former CCK legal officer and Telkom Kenya legal head, Stephen Kiptinness, and he is expected to select one.
The three candidates were picked from a list of six presented to the board by hiring firm, Manpower Services. The post fell vacant after the High Court in May 2012 ruled the re-appointment of Charles Njoroge as director-general irregular.
Poghisio had given Njoroge another term in breach of the CCK board’s recommendations that he was not suitable for another term. According to the CCK Board, Njoroge had scored 60% in his appraisal, out of a 70% threshold.
According to Ministry of Information PS, Dr Bitange Ndemo, the minister will select a candidate he deems fit fore the position and the law does not place a deadline within which the minister has to name the new CCK boss.
The looming naming of the new boss comes at a time when the commission is set to unveil new lower Mobile Termination Rate (MTR), the charge that mobile phone operators pay each other for calls originating from rival networks .
The Mobile Termination Rate (MTR) is set to fall to Sh1.60 a minute from the current Sh2.20.
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