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Matiang’i backs Airtel in push to break up Safaricom

ICT secretary Fred Matiang’i (left) with Communications Authority of Kenya director-general Francis Wangusi in November last year. PHOTO | FILE
ICT secretary Fred Matiang’i (left) with Communications Authority of Kenya director-general Francis Wangusi in November last year. PHOTO | FILE 

A battle for control of the vibrant telecommunication industry has sucked in ICT Cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i.

In a move that would jolt the industry and raise questions about the independence of the sector regulator, Communication Authority of Kenya (CA), Mr Matiang’i wrote a letter last year demanding a brief on what the watchdog was doing in preparation to declare Safaricom a dominant player.

The letter received by the regulator on December 23, 2014 was written to CA Director-General Francis Wangusi and copied to his chairman, Mr Ben Gituku.

“The Kenya Information and Communications Act section 84W gives the Communications Authority of Kenya powers to declare a service provider to be dominant if their market share is at least 50 per cent of the relevant gross market segment,” Mr Matiang’i noted.

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