“Government will not influence the next safaricom CEO”says ICT CS Joe Mucheru

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ICT CS Joe Mucheruon Friday, affirmed the government’s position on Bob Collymore’s replacement at Safaricom.

Speaking during theunveiling of Communication Authority’s new board members, Mucheru stated that the government would not influence the appointment of the telco’s CEO.

“The government will not influence the appointment of a CEO to replace Bob Collymore at Safaricom.

“It is the job of the board to appoint a person who will ensure that the company makes profits, expands beyond the African markets and serves Kenyans better,” he detailed.

ICT CS Joe Mucheru making his remarks during the unveiling of CA’s new board members on July 26, 2019.

After Bob’s passing on July 1st, the government had held that a Kenyan should fill the CEO position.

“I don’t think the government position has changed, we would still love to see a Kenyan. However, like any other company, they (Safaricom) have a choice as to who they want to be their CEO,” Mucheru was quoted by the Nation.

The government is a shareholder of the company but the decision is made by the board.

Michael Joseph was appointed interim Safaricom CEOfollowing Collymore’s demise.

A statement by the company’s secretary, Kathryne Maundu, revealed that the decision was made after a special board meeting resolved so.

“Mr. Joseph will hold this position until the Board communicates in due course on a permanent appointment,” the statement by the telco read in part.

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