REGULATING ICT

Raila opposes recently passed ICT Bill

Raila proposed that the registration of ICT Practitioners be voluntary and not mandatory.

In Summary

• Raila said the Bill is vague and has no clear indication of what the power passed to the ICT sector is supposed to address.

• He added that the Bill does not account for the ever changing dynamics of the ICT industry.

Azimio la Umoja Presidential candidate Raila Odinga address the gathering during the Azimio Manifesto launch on June 6, 2022
Azimio la Umoja Presidential candidate Raila Odinga address the gathering during the Azimio Manifesto launch on June 6, 2022
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Azimio Presidential candidate Raila Odinga on Sunday objected the recently passed bill on ICT practitioners regulation.

The Bill, which was the last for the 12th Parliament was given a go-ahead last week.

Raila said the Bill is vague and has no clear indication of what the power passed to the ICT sector is supposed to address.

"I find the move to regulate ICT Practitioners impractical and counter-productive. It negates the goals and visions of the National ICT Policy and Digital Strategies," the ODM leader said.

He added that the Bill does not account for the ever-changing dynamics of the ICT industry.

Raila also said it is limiting innovation by restricting those who are self-taught to provide ICT services and overrules the Recognition of Prior Learning objective.

The former Prime Minister congratulated Google and Microsoft which now have their regional headquarters in Kenya, for employing people without degrees and also offering certificates in ICT and technology that empower the youth.

He said the Bill will be a dissuasion to the technology giants and a discourage their further investments in the "Silicon Savannah".

Raila pointed out that Kenya needs to go the route of countries like Australia, the US, Canada and South Africa that have adopted a self-regulating mechanism.

In the said country ICT Practitioners come together to share skills, and innovative ideas and determine standards to be upheld within the profession.

Raila proposed that the registration of ICT Practitioners be voluntary and not mandatory.

He further wants the Industry to be allowed to develop voluntary standards in collaboration with stakeholders in a manner that incentivizes compliance with the standards.

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