NAIROBI, Kenya Sep 28 – Former electoral commission Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba has been appointed the new Director General of the Communications Authority (CA).
Chiloba’s appointment was announced by the authority’s board late Monday, sparking mixed reactions on social media on his tenure at the Independence Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
“The Board of the Communications Authority wishes to announce the appointment of Ezra Chiloba Simiyu to the position of the Director General of the Communications Authority for a renewable period of four years,” CA’s Board Chairman Kembi Gitura.
He replaces Francis Wangusi who left office unceremoniously in 2019. Mercy Wanjau has been holding the position in an acting capacity.
Chiloba left IEBC in October 2018, soon after the 2017 General Election in which he faced numerous queries over expenditures at the commission.
After the General Election, Chiloba fell out with the Commission Chairman Wafula Chebukati who suspended him to facilitate an audit of the expenditures.
He however, filed a case in court contesting his suspension but chose to resign later.
Among reactions on social media on Chiloba’s new appointment are from former IEBC Commissioner Roselyne Akombe who fled the country soon after the 2017 elections and controversial Miguna Miguna who lives in Canada after deportation.
“And with the appointment of the new CAA Director General, 2022 is sealed,” Akombe said without elaborating.
Miguna declared, “Chiloba Must Go!”
Chiloba is a lawyer and policy consultant and principal partner with Chil and Kemp consultancy.
He holds an undergraduate degree in Law from the University of Nairobi and a Master of Arts degree from Central European University in Hungary. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Program Management from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.