– The move has full Cabinet backing and is said to relate to investigations into improprieties in the selection of a Second National Operator.
– Unfortunately, no evidence has yet been produced as to what these improprieties are and unless legal action follows, DG Sammy Kirui will have in effect been judged guilty without any formal evidence being presented.
– The losing bidders for the SNO licence included a group of wealthy diaspora Kenyans based in the USA.
Industry in Disarray
– The CCK Board plays such a crucial role that now no further licenses can be issued, no disputes can be settled and no formal regulatory interventions can take place and there is no clear communication from the Government as to how affairs within the sector are to be managed”.
– If you were of a paranoid turn of mind, you might think that this is just what the Government might want. It means that there is no-one who can order Telkom Kenya to behave in a competitive fashion. The near-bankrupt Telkom Kenya can stagger forward without significant competition. And illegal call diversion within Telkom Kenya may or may not be continuing but there is no way of telling because any investigation has now been halted.