Communications Authority of Kenya (CA)  chairman Mr.Ngene Gituku (centre) addressing the press yesterday following allegations that taxpayers may have lost Sh.5.2 billion in the 700 Mhz trial authorization given to Jamii Telecommunications. He is accompanied by CA Director General Mr.Wangusi (left) and Board member Mr. Mwenda Njoka.

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has refuted claims appearing in a section of the media that taxpayers could have lost Sh.5.2 billion as result of a 700 Mhz trial authorization given to Jamii Telecommunications Limited.

‘‘Contrary to what appeared in the media today, the Authority wishes to clarify that no money has been lost in the authorization given to Jamii Telecom,’’ said CA chairman Mr. Ngene Gituku at a press briefing.

The media reports had alleged that Jamii Telecom paid a paltry Sh.100, 000 to secure the 700 MHz spectrum while other operators had paid Sh.2.5 billion for similar allocations, claims that are a gross misrepresentation of facts.

Mr. Gituku said Jamii Telecom was yet to be licensed for the said spectrum but was authorized in 2016 to run a trial on the 700 MHz spectrum for a year after which, it would be considered for licensing and subsequent payment of the requisite fees.

The Authority will issue a substantive statement on the matter in due course.