Eng. Philip O. Okundi has been re-appointed Chairman of the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) Board of Directors for a further three years.
According to a press release from the CCK circulated today, President Mwai Kibaki has made the appointment through a Kenya Gazette notice in accordance with Section 6(1) (a) of the State Corporations Act, Cap 446.
The re-appointment is effective October 25, 2011 and follows Eng Okundi’s first appointment as CCK Board chairman in October 2008.
A seasoned ICT expert, Eng. Okundi has spent most of his working life in the ICT sector. He worked at the defunct East African Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (EAP&TC) in various capacities, rising from a pupil engineer in 1966 to the position of Deputy Director General in charge of telecommunications in 1974. Following the collapse of the initial East African Community and the subsequent formation of national telecommunications and postal utilities, he was appointed Deputy Managing Director of the Kenya Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (KPTC) in 1977.
He later on served at the helm of various public sector organizations including the Kenya Ports Authority (1984-1993), Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (1993-1997), and the Kenya Bureau of Standards (1997-2001).
Eng. Okundi is the immediate former Member of Parliament for Rangwe Constituency (2003-2007). During his term in the August House, he was a member of the Parliamentary Committee on Energy, Communications and Public Works.
He holds a Master of Science (Msc) in Telecommunications Systems Engineering from the University of Essex and a BSc in Electrical and Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Westminster. He is also a fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Kenya and the UK, a registered Engineer and a Chartered Electrical Engineer (UK).
In recognition of outstanding public service, Eng. Okundi has been decorated with two state honours: Elder of Burning Spear (EBS) and Head of State Commendation (HSC).
In August this year, Eng Okundi, as CCK chair, appointed
Francis Wangusi as acting CCK director general (DG). The announcement followed an order issued by the High Court instructing Charles Njoroge (the former/suspended DG) to cease acting as the DG until a case challenging his re-appointment is heard and determined.