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Kenya: Regulator accuses govt. of clipping its powers

 |  January 6, 2016
Kenya’s telecoms regulator accused the government on Tuesday of curbing the watchdog’s ability to manage competition in the sector by recently changing the law and said the move could discourage investments.

Smaller operators in Kenya’s telecom sector claim unfair competition, saying Safaricom, the biggest operator, is too dominant.

Francis Wangusi, director general of the regulator Communications Authority of Kenya (CA), said parliament took away CA’s independence in determining if an operator was dominant last month when it changed sections of the law.

The amendments, which have already been signed into law by President Uhuru Kenyatta, require CA to involve the country’s competition authority and the ministry of information and communication before making a decision on market dominance.

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