Following Eng Philip Okundi’s recent announcement that he’s stepped down as the chair of the telecoms industry regulator Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) chair to launch his bid for the governorship of Homabay County, president Kibaki has today appointed Mr Ben Gituku as the new CCK chairman for a three-year term.
Mr Gituku – who replaces Okundi who was appointed to the position in October 2008 and served for two terms before his resisgnation – has been appointed from September 14 through a Kenya Gazette notice dated September 19.
A professional marketer, Gituku spent most of his working life in the local media industry where he served in various capacities. He later left formal employment to pursue business interests in newspaper distribution and real estate development. He is married with four children.
In November last year, Eng Okundi was re-appointed chairman of the CCK for a three-year term but he’s opted out of the commission before the end of his term.
The new chair comes on board when the industry and the regulator have to face and address key issues including the September 30 deadline to switch-off non-genuine devices on mobile networks as the regulator has already announced that the deadline will not be extended; mobile termination rates (MTRs) as well as how to rein in online hate speech as the country approaches the next general elections.