Kenya’s controversial ICT Practitioners Bill 2016 (PDF) is set to be tabled in parliament again according to ICT Cabinet Secretary Mr. Joe Mucheru in a move expected to help streamline the country’s ICT industry.
The ICT Practitioners Bill 2016 aims to list and license all ICT practitioners in Kenya before being permitted to practice. For one to licensed, he /she must be a holder of a Bachelor’s Degree in ICT or related field with at least 3 years of relevant experience.
CS Mucheru, who was speaking at the HPC Forum at the United States International University USIU Africa in Nairobi. According to Mucheru the electioneering period had brought up several issues which needed to be addressed especially the unsubstantiated reports of alleged IEBC hacking by the NASA team which was sent to over 200 countries and embarrassed the country because the claims were unfounded. It would not have been so if the government had credentials of such individuals said Mucheru.
Mucheru’s latest stand by the CS shows the ICT Practitioners Bill 2016 originated from the ICT Ministry and was not a private members Bill taken to parliament by Leader of Majority, Aden Duale. Opposing the bill, the CS had said the bill, if enacted would hinder the growth of tech innovations and development in the country.
“If enacted, the ICT Practitioners Bill 2016, will cause duplication in regulation and frustrate individual talents from realizing their potential,” the CS had said in an earlier forum. Other bills to be tabled include the Data Protection Bill and a revisit of the Information Access Act to widen access to information to all.
The HPC Forum is an initiative of USIU-Africa in partnership with the Carnegie Africa Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) and Intel. The three partners are championing development and harnessing of HPC and its benefits in the African continent.