Business woman Mary Wambui named CA chair, replacing Gilbert Kibe

Business woman Mary Wambui Mungai has been named as the new chairperson of the board of Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) for a period of 3 years by President William Ruto.

Mrs Wambui’s three-year term began on Friday, December 2. She replaces Gilbert Kibe who resigned from the position recently citing personal reasons.

In his letter to President William Ruto, Captain Kibe said he was quitting over personal reasons.

(TOP: Mary Wambui Mungai, the new Director General at CA).

“Due to personal interests that I wish to pursue, I hereby tender my resignation as Chairman of the Board of the Communications Authority of Kenya with effect from December 1, 2022,” Kibe stated in a letter while tendering in his resignation. The letter was copied to Eliud Owalo, the CS for Communications and Digital Economy.

“I take this opportunity to sincerely thank you (President Ruto) for according me the opportunity to serve in this important and strategic regulatory agency for the last seven months,” said Kibe.

Kibe was appointed as CA Board chair by former President Uhuru Kenyatta on May 13, 2022 for a period of three years. He held the post for seven months.

Kibe previously served as the Director-General of the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA). In February 2022, he left the aviation industry regulator after serving at the helm for close to 8 years.

He has more than 30 years’ experience in the aviation industry.

The incoming CA board chair, Mary Wambui Mungai, is one of the directors of Purma Holdings and is a controversial personality. In December 2021, she was arrested over Kshs 2.2 billion tax evasion case together with her daughter, Purity Njoki Mungai. The two were later charged and denied the tax evasion charges. They were charged after presenting themselves in court hours after escaping a police dragnet.

Purma Holdings, which deals in general supplies, has been awarded several lucrative government tenders in the past.


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