Friday, May 04, 2007

The Kenyan ICT Bigwigs (Policy) - Part 1

These two gentlemen have championed the cause of ICT in Kenya and deserve commendation.

Mutahi Kagwe is an alumnus of the indefatigable Univ. of Nairobi and the United States International University. His early career orbited around finance, marketing and business administration before he became a politician. He is currently the Minister - Ministry of Information and Communications.

Dr. Bitange Ndemo is an alumnus of the Univ. of Minnesota, Univ. of St. Thomas and Sheffield University. His career revolves around finance, entrepreneurship and management (strategic). He is currently the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Communications.

These technocrats have successfully overseen the publication of the ICT Bill, the ICT Policy Paper and the ICT Strategy Paper. Bitange has gone out of his way to articulate the ministry's objectives. He was even in Mashada some time last year explaining the undersea cable project.

This is a team that has produced results. However this is an election year and the cards will inevitably be shuffled. It will be a loss if these ICT champions are not allowed to finish their work. It will be even more tragic if, come next year, these offices are occupied by 'politicians' who think computers are primarily meant to improve the aesthetics of a room.

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