CA warns over vandalism of telecommunications infrastructure

Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) Director General Francis Wangusi addressing the media at a past briefing. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: Communication Authority of Kenya CA director Francis Wangusi has issued a stern warning to individuals with the aim of Vandalizing ICT infrastructure in the country.

Addressing the media on Monday in Nairobi, Wangusi said it is unacceptable for someone to interfere with ICT infrastructure after the government has invested billions of shillings in it and therefore the law will take its course to anyone found guilty.

“Vandalising ICT infrastructure after investing billions of shillings is unacceptable and in bad faith,” he said.

He added that Telecommunications services help with emergency response and should not be destroyed as in the process it will erode massive investments and other gains in the sector.

“The vandalism is therefore retrogressing all efforts, to ensure all Kenyans access communications services and making the investment burden of facilitating universal access even more,” he said.

“This malicious destruction of ICT infrastructure also threatens to erode massive investments and other gains in the sector,” he warned.

He further said that deliberate destruction of communications infrastructure under the false belief that it belongs to a particular operator is misleading and that the affected areas will put lives of Kenyans at risk for lack of network and service outages.

“Telecommunications services help with an emergency response so they should not be destroyed.” He reiterated.

Wangusi responded at the time NASA leader Raila Odinga’s calls to boycott Safaricom on the allegations of interfering with the voting process, this is as some parts of the country, vandalization of Safaricom Mask has been reported.