* While interviewing Skyweb Technologies’ Gilda Odera for the Kenya special above, her 16th floor office began to sway alarmingly. Both interviewer and interviewee assumed that it must be some personal sickness rather than last Monday’s earthquake. This is the first time we have had to flee from an interview and do so by running down 16 flights of stars.
* Last week’s Kenyan cabinet reshuffle sees former Information and Communications Minister Raphael Tuju promoted to Foreign Affairs and replaced by PR man Mutahi Kagwe. Will Econet continue its court action against him now he’s no longer in post? Interestingly Kagwe has a link with a senior politician who previously was responsible for communications. He is married to the daughter of influential Internal Security Minister John Michuki who has the ear of the President. The Assistant Minister was David Were but he has already resigned on the issue if lack of consultation on the new cabinet. Widely respected Info and Communications Permanent Secretary John Rege has been replaced by Dr Bitange Ndemo. So Kenya’s ICT sector will have to start from scratch in educating the newcomers about the importance of ICT to Kenya’s future growth.