David Omwoyo takes over from Dr. Haron Mwangi as new Media Council of Kenya CEO
David Omwoyo is the new CEO of the Media Council of Kenya.
Mr Omwoyo, the former Managing Director, Waumini Communications Limited, takes over form Dr. Haron Mwangi, who tendered his resignation and and exited the Council on July 3rd 2017 after expiry of a three-month notice.
He holds a Masters Degree (Mass Communications) from Leicester University and was also the National Executive Secretary, Commission for Social Communications, Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops.
According to David Omwoyo’s Profile on Linked in as at August 3rd 2017 he was managing the holding company for all Catholic Media Projects in Kenya. “He was also in charge of overall company strategy and operations, spearheading organizational change and re-branding, product development, marketing national expansion, initiating, fundrasing and executing the setting up of Radio in different parts of the country, visibility and presence in all parts of the country.”
He has also worked as Director of Communication at the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops where he was in charge of “overall organization communications for the national secretariat of the Catholic Church in Kenya, 25 dioceses, 8000 schools 500 health institution and numerous countrywide projects, Branding and ICT strategy, Media Relations and PR, International relations, Fundraising and Partnership Management.”
Before joining the Catholic Church, he worked as a Resource Mobilization and Donor Relations Manager for Egerton University where he was in charge of designing and executing the University’s fundraising and donor relations strategy, advising on the setting up of the endowment fund and sustainability strategy.
Mr. Omwoyo joins the Council when the country is gearing up to a general election and all eyes are on the media to weigh how it conducts itself in the pre, during and post elections period.
The Media Council of Kenya has been conducting a series of trainings for journalists ahead of the general election.
The trainings revolve around the guidelines for election coverage.
Through support of United Nations Development Program and other partners, the Council has already trained o 200 trainers on the guidelines to enable faster roll down of the trainings across counties.
The combined effort of the Council and the trainers has seen over 2000 journalists trained ahead of the elections.
The trainers include journalism trainers, editors and senior reporters who in turn have been training journalists and other media personalities who shall be covering the elections.
“The trainings are aimed at enhancing journalists’ skills to report elections and related issues professionally… this is media’s contribution to a free, fair and credible elections ,” says Victor Bwire, Deputy CEO, Media Council of Kenya.
Most media houses have also conducted in-house trainings for their members to ensure the country conducts a free, fair and a credible election.
Other partners supporting the trainings include, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, National Cohesion and Integration Commission, UN Women, Communication Authority of Kenya, Handicap International, Life and Peace Institute, UNESCO, Kenya National Commission for UNESCO, Kenya Union of Journalists, Kenya Correspondents Association and Safer World.
Also see MCK Chairman Mr Charles Kerich’s statement on Dr Haron Mwangi exit
About Haron Mwangi, PhD
Dr. Mwangi has over 20 years’ experience in media law, policy and regulation. He has extensive experience in corporate communications, business development and modeling and marketing, having worked at different times with Postbank and the Agricultural Finance Corporation as Marketing/Business Development and Corporate Communications Manager. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Mwangi worked at Farm Concern International as Technical Adviser, Business Models Development, Market Research and Documentation in Sub-Saharan Africa. He has also been a lecturer at the University of Nairobi and Tutorial fellow at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa and has widely published in the field of media economics, media policy and regulations and consulted in strategic communication, social marketing and communications, media and elections, media and peace, media and governance and media and development. He has a Doctorate in Media Management and Economics, and a Masters degree in Communication Studies from the University of Nairobi. He also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management from Catholic University of Eastern Africa.