Kenya: ICT secretary disowns Bill seeking to have practitioners licensed

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Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) secretary Joe Mucheru has disowned a Bill seeking to have all ICT practitioners licensed before being allowed to practice in Kenya.

The ministry, in a statement to media houses on Wednesday, distanced itself from the Bill that was brought to Parliament by Leader of Majority Aden Duale and has already undergone the first reading.

“The ministry would like to clarify that this ICT practitioner’s Bill is a private member’s Bill, which whilst dealing with the ICT sector does not originate from the ICT ministry and does not represent the policy position of the Government of Kenya,” he said in the statement.

If the Information Communication Technology practitioners Bill 2016 is enacted as it is, it will lead to the establishment of an ICT practitioner’s institute governed by a council and which will set standards of professional competence, approve courses as well as register and license practitioners upon payment of prescribed fees.
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Source: Business Daily 7 July 2016