Mercy Wanjau Biography
Mercy Wanjau is a Kenyan commercial lawyer, regulatory and governance expert working with the Communications Authority of Kenya as the director Legal Services and board secretary. She served as a consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and KPMG South Africa. She also worked for the International Telecommunications Union. The Communication Authority chairman Ngene Gituku appointed Mercy as the new Acting Director-General of Communications Authority of Kenya on August 22, 2019.
Mercy Wanjau Age
Wanjau is a Kenyan born but her information about the exact date of birth is not yet confirmed.
Mercy Wanjau Education
Wanjau is a graduate of the University of Nairobi (LLB Hons) with a degree in Law, University of Cape Town (LLM) with a master’s degree in Law and Strathmore Business School. Mercy is a Certified Secretary and a Certified Professional Mediator.
Mercy Wanjau Husband
Mercy is not yet married and she has not yet updated her information if she is in a relationship or not. She is somehow private when it comes to matters concerning her personal life.
Mercy Wanjau Career
Ms. Wanjau is a commercial lawyer, a regulatory and governance professional currently working with the Communications Authority of Kenya as the Di-rector Legal Services and Board Secretary. She has been involved in designing and harmonizing policy and regulation in the ICT sector at the local, regional and international level for over 15 years
Prior to this, Mercy consulted with KPMG South Africa, PriceWaterhouseCoopers Kenya and also had a stint in commercial legal practice. She has served on international secondment at the UN-International Telecommunications Union.
She serves on the board of the SOS Children’s Villages and is a Council Member of the Institute of Certified secretaries Kenya.
The Communications Authority (CA) Functions
CA is a crucial and strategic parastatal charged with the job of regulating the ICT industry, licensing and regulating telecommunications, Postal and Courier as well as Broadcasting Services. The Authority is also responsible for managing the country’s Frequency Spectrum and Numbering Resources and facilitating the development of e-commerce.
The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) is the regulatory authority for the communications sector in Kenya:
- Licensing all systems and services in the communications industry, including; telecommunications, postal, courier and broadcasting.
- Managing the country’s frequency spectrum and numbering resources.
- Facilitating the development and management of a national cybersecurity framework.
- Facilitating the development of e-commerce.
- Type approving and accepting communications equipment meant for use in the country.
- Protecting consumer rights within the communications environment.
- Managing competition within the sector to ensure a level playing ground for all players.
- Regulating retail and wholesale tariffs for communications services.
- Managing the universal access fund to facilitate access to communications services by all in Kenya.
- Monitoring the activities of licensees to enforce compliance with the license terms and conditions as well as the law.
Mercy Wanjau Appointed
Lawyer Mercy Wanjau has been appointed Director-General of the Communications Authority of Kenya on an interim basis to replace outgoing Francis Wangusi who has served two terms. Board chairman Ngene Gituku says Mercy Wanjau will oversee the day to day activities at the Communications Authority of Kenya pending appointment of a substantive Director-General.
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Mercy Wanjau replaces Francis Wangusi as CA director-general
The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has appointed Legal Services Director Mercy Wanjau as acting director-general, replacing Francis Wangusi whose term expires on August 23, 2019, after serving for eight years.
Prior to her appointment to CA as a legal services director, Ms. Wanjau served as a consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and KPMG South Africa.
She also worked for the International Telecommunications Union.
“Ms Mercy Wanjau is a commercial lawyer, a regulatory and governance professional currently working with the Communications Authority of Kenya as the Di-rector Legal Services and Board Secretary. She has been involved in designing and harmonising policy and regulation in the ICT sector at the local, regional and international level for over 15 years,” CA Board Chairman Ngene Gituku said in a statement.
She has a law degree from the University of Nairobi and a master’s degrees from the University of Cape Town and Strathmore Business School.
Mr Wangusi has been the boss of the communications regulator since 2012 when he took over from Mr Charles Njoroge.
CA is a state parastatal mandated with regulating telco, ICT, postal, broadcasting services and courier sectors.
“There is no doubt Wangusi has made a mark in the sector and will remain an important footnote in the history of the ICT industry for a long time,” Mr Gituku said.
He was re-appointed director general for a second four-year term in 2015.
During his tenure, Mr Wangusi presided over the country’s transition from analogue to digital transmission.
“He is a transformative leader under whose watch over the ICT sector realised significant achievements, including migration of the country from analogue to digital TV broadcasting that expanded competition in the broadcasting industry,” the statement said.
The authority also said that Mr Wangusi was responsible for the low mobile charges that subscribers are currently enjoying after the implementation of the mobile termination rates (MTRs).
He was also tasked with addressing several industry disputes – among them the question of Safaricom’s dominant position and the CA’s award of a 4G license to Jamii Telecommunications Limited.
Last year, Mr Wangusi was embroiled in a boardroom battle that ran for months.
The CA board on January 12, 2018 sent Mr Wangusi on a three-month compulsory leave, arguing that they needed him out of the office to allow an independent audit of the regulator’s employment processes.
He moved to court shortly after his suspension and obtained an order reinstating him to the job pending a determination of the suit.
After months of standoff, the CA in September, last year ended the feud with Mr. Wangusi after it signed an agreement not to interfere with his contract.