Senator Mutahi Kagwe (left), accompanied by members of his Senate Committee,is taken on a tour of various facilities of the Authority. He was received by the CA Chairman, Ngene Gituku and the DG, Mr. Francis Wangusi (centre)

The Senate Standing Committee on Information and Technology made a visit to the Communications Authority Head Office to apprise itself on the activities of the Authority. During the visit, the Senators were briefed on the Authority’s strategic direction for the sector, the legal and regulatory framework including the proposed review of sector regulations; initiatives of the Authority to improve Quality of Service (QOS) in the ICT sector; and efforts to enhance spectrum management. The Senators were also briefed on the cybersecurity initiatives within the Authority through the National Kenya Cybersecurity Incidence Response Team Coordination Centre (KE-CIRT/CC) and the National Public Key Infrastructure (NPKI).

The Authority also took the liberty to brief the Senators on the competition issues, in particular, the question of dominance which has been in the public domain in the recent past. The Senators toured the various regulatory facilities of the Authority including the Quality of service Monitoring System (QSMS), Broadcast Logger, the newly acquired Spectrum Monitoring and Management System (SMMS), and the National Kenya Cyber security Incidence Response Team Coordination Centre (National KE-CIRT/CC) The visiting committee members, comprising Senators Boy Juma Boy, Joy Gwendo and Isaac Melly and the five Senate clerks, were led by the Committee Chairman, Senator Mutahi Kagwe.

They were received by the Authority Board Chairman, Mr. Ngene Gituku and the Director General, Mr. Francis Wangusi, Members of the Board and the Chair of te Universal Service Advisory Council (USAC). CA’s leadership reiterated the Authority’s commitment to deliver on its mandate and continued collaboration with the Committee to help deliver the Government’s sector objectives. Pointing out the crucial role the Authority played in social economic development, Senator Kagwe equally pledged the committee’s full support to the Authority. He emphasized that the ICT consumer was the ultimate beneficiary and called upon the Authority to live up to its promise to transform lives through ICTs.