Government rejects ICT Practitioners Bill

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By Ronald Owili

The Government has rejected the proposed Information Communication and Technology Practitioners Bill 2016, saying it will isolate Kenya from the global stage and participating in ICT innovations.

ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru says some proposals in the Bill will kill innovative talent and alienate local youth from lucrative on-line jobs, educational and investment opportunities.

The ICT Practitioners Bill 2016 is a private members Bill that seeks to have ICT practitioners licensed before being permitted to practice.

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The private members Bill taken to Parliament by Leader of Majority, Aden Duale also stipulates that for one to be eligible for registration, he /she should be a holder of a Bachelor’s Degree with at least three years of relevant experience.

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The Bill has however elicited a reaction from ICT stakeholders, with ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru saying ICT sector was rapidly changing and if enacted, the proposed Bill would hinder growth of innovations and developments in the country.

“Many Kenyans engage on on-line jobs, a trend that has made the country to be ranked 10th globally, noting that if the Bill is  passed it will reverse the gains and render youth employed by online engagements jobless,” said the CS.

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Members of the Departmental Committee on Energy, Communication and Information however noted that the Bill was likely to be an economic risk to the country as it would cripple the ICT sector that has been identified as a critical enabler to the success of Vision 2030 goals.

Keiyo South Member of Parliament Jackson Kiptanui who chaired the session said the Bill can either be withdrawn by the mover or amendments made on the document before being taken to back to Parliament for debate.

The CS pointed out that the world was fast moving towards ICT driven utilities and employment and urged those formulating laws and policies to avoid creating laws that wee detrimental.

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He said The ICT Practitioners Bill 2016 is a private members Bill taken to Parliament by Leader of Majority, Aden Duale.

The Bill seeks to have ICT practitioners licensed before being permitted to practice and it also stipulates that for one to be eligible for registration, he /she should be a holder of a Bachelor’s Degree with at least three years of relevant experience.

The CS said the world was fast moving towards ICT driven utilities and employment and urged those formulating laws and policies to avoid creating laws that were detrimental.

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