By Chris Ojow
The suspension of Communication
Authority Director Ezra Chiloba is
clouded with malice and ill intention.
An internal memo by board chair Mary
Mungai communicated the suspension
following a board meeting giving no
details except expressing pleasure at
the appointment of Mr. Christopher
Wambua as acting Director General. Mr.
Wambua recently returned to the CA
after a stint on secondmnent to The
Kenya Film and Classification Board
(KFCB) as Ag. CEO. Other officers at CA
at the same rank such as Ms. Patricia
Muchiri who is the Director, Consumer
Affairs was overlooked despite having
an excellent track record and deep
understanding of the CA mandate.
The Board, in a clandestine manner
leaked a board paper watermarked as
originating from a Ms. Sarah Kabira. In
this document, the board alleges that
Chiloba engaged in corrupt practices
that attempted to defraud the agency of
Ksh. 25 million ($170,000).
It is revealed in the alleged report of
the agencys audit, As the accounting
officer there was gross misconduct of
the process to acquire a mortgage for
himself as is demonstrated by
disbursement of the loan of KES
25,000,000 to Kitale Hilmost Limited.
The allegations that a report who’s
authenticity is unknown and
questionable painted CA Director
Chiloba as the most corrupt which to
the public sound like malice with no
evidence of support but mere
allegations and why now?
Sources behind the scenes have informed
us on condition of anonymity that the
CA has not lost any money as the DG has
been repaying the loan which is duly
secured. As to the alleged self
approval, this follows the internal
processes and procedures, and we find
it shocking that the board seems to
imagine they should have administrative
It is also alleged that the office that
suspended Chiloba is trying to cover
the alleged corrupt deals, as it is
also alleged that one of the officers
who is said to have authorized the
suspension illegally gave her daughter
a tender and is also involved in shoddy
business deals South Sudan.
The CA boards competence has been
brought to the forefront as they also
have highlighted that the former acting
DG, Ms. Mercy Wanjau, who is now the
Secretary to the Cabinet also self-
approved her loan confirming that the
internal procedures have not been
altered by Chiloba.
It is interesting how everyone, except
the CA Board, has sought to distance
themselves from Chilobas suspension.
Even the Cabinet Secretary Eliud Owalo
and his Permanent Secretary are also
shocked after hearing and reading from
the media that Chiloba was suspended,
which raises questions of integrity and
state procedure in acting on serious
issues that may affect service
Questions that remain unanswered:
Why the Cabinet Secretary Eliud Owalo
distances himself from Ezra Chiloba’s
Why The Permanent Secretary is in
darkness on the issue of Chiloba
Why is Interpol investigating Mary
Mungai who is said to have suspended
Ezra Chiloba served half of his four-
year tenure before his suspension over
alleged corrupt practices.
Christopher Wambua was appointed as
Acting Director General.
Chiloba is a seasoned and highly
competent technocrat who served as
Project Manager at UNDP and later as
the powerful IEBC CEO under whose
tenure the 2017 election was
successfully carried out. He later was
bundled out of office for alleged
improprieties. He later sued the IEBC
and was awarded damages in the tens of
millions as no evidence was adduced.
At the CA, Chiloba is much loved by the
staff for his firm but fair management
style. His humility and collaborative
style has unlocked staff morale despite
the heavy handed interference by the
Cabinet Secretary Eliud Owalo admitted
that he has not received any
information regarding Chiloba’s
According to the appointment letter,
Chiloba was to serve in the position
for a renewable period of four years.