COMPUTER SOCIETY OF KENYA SEEKS LAW TO REGULATE THE IT SECTOR

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The Computer Society of Kenya (CSK) wants parliament to enact a law recognising it as the regulator of the ICT sub-sector.The association said supportive legislation needed to manage development of the sub-sector and establish an ethical framework.Dr Shem Ochuodho, a former chairman of the society said the sector needed a legal framework to spearhead its growth.

Ochuodho was speaking at a Nairobi hotel during the launch of a Taskforce to Restructure CSK. "Recognising that this is a major employment sector in the economy, it is imperative that CSK gets teeth to spearhead an orderly growth," he said.

Ochuodho said that while the society recognised the Government's role in creating an enabling environment for professional growth, the onus to uphold high profession practice lay with the industry.

"Like other noble professions, there should be a recognised authoritative entity that guides and regulates members' conduct," said Ochuodho.

He gave the example of the Law Society of Kenya, Institute of Certified Public Accounts of Kenya, Kenya Medical Association and the Institute of Engineers of Kenya.

In the absence of a legal mandate, CSK members have watched "helplessly as some of their colleagues operate in complete disregard for professional etiquette."

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