The Life And Times Of Former CA Director, Francis Wangusi
On Wednesday, the Communications Authority (CA) of Kenya lost its former Director General Francis Wangusi.
Francis served as the Director-General of the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) from 2012 for a period of three years. Prior to his appointment he had served in the same position in an acting capacity for a period of one year.
He had previously served in various capacities at the then Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK).
He joined the Authority in 2000 at the level of Assistant Director and rose through the ranks to his current position. He served as the Director in charge of Broadcasting and Special Projects as well as the Director in charge of Licensing, Compliance and Standards (LCS).
Prior to joining the CA, Wangusi worked at the defunct Kenya Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (KP&TC). He also served as a senior lecturer at the former Kenya College for Communications Technology (KCCT) now Multimedia University College.
The late Wangusi holds a Masters degree in Space Sciences with specialisation in Satellite Communications from the International Space University, France; a BSc in Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Rome, Italy and a Charted Engineer Part II Certificate from the Institute of Electronics Engineering, UK.
He is also a holder of Global Executive Masters Degree in Business Administration (GEMBA) from the United States International University (USIU).
Wangusi played a pivotal role in a number of key projects that have positively impacted on the ICT Sector in Kenya.
As the CA boss, Wangusi was entangled in a tiff with retired President Uhuru Kenyatta after the President ordered that CA should surrender Sh1 billion to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to deal with cybercrime.
The money was from the Universal Service Fund, mandatory contributions from licensed telecommunications operators that provide services in the various communications market, which is collected by CA.
In recognition of his distinguished services rendered to the nation of Kenya in the ICT sector, in 2013, Mr Wangusi was honoured with a presidential award of the Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (MBS).