* A Kenyan as been elected to be the Secretary-General of the African Federation of Information & Communications Technology Associations (AFICTA). Waudo Siganga, who is also the Chairman of the Computer Society of Kenya was elected during an international conference held last week in Hanoi, Vietnam by the World Information Technology Services Alliance (WITSA). WITSA is the controlling and coordinating body for all national ICT Associations, with its headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. Also chosen as officials of the continental ICT body were Adrian Schofield (South Africa, Chairman), Courra Fall (Senegal, Vice-Chairman Francophone), Baguma Rodgers (Uganda, Vice-Chairman Anglophone), and Mahmoud Thabit Kombo (Tanzania, Treasurer).
* Tawanda Nyambirai, proprietor of TN Financial Services, is Econet Wireless Holdings Limited’s (EWHL) new board chairman. Nyambirai, a current EWHL non-executive director, will replace Norman Nyazema, who has chaired the group since inception. Nyazema, who is now based in South Africa, leaves the EWHL board to join the Johannesburg-based Econet Wireless International (EWI) board, along with former EWHL chief operating officer, Zachary Wazara. EWI investor relations and communications director Kevin Kachidza rebutted earlier reports that the two were leaving the Econet group altogether, saying they were standing down from the EWHL board only because they no longer lived in Zimbabwe and had been elected to the EWI board.
* According to Uganda’s Dr James L. Nkata most of his country’s university lecturers are computer illiterate. Nkata heads the Department of Higher Education at Makerere University. "Ninety percent of the lecturers at all universities in Uganda don’t know how to start a computer, and need information communication technology [ICT]," he said. Nkata was speaking at a one-day workshop on higher education at Hotel Africana last week.
* On the move: Celtel in Sierre Leone has appointed Sierra Leonean born Bernard Sisay as its new Marketing Manager...Stavros Vougas has been appointed new channel and marketing manager for Middle East and North Africa with responsibility for the region’s medium sized enterprises.
* Led by Safaricom General Manger, Michael Joseph, Kenya’s ICT sector said piecemeal reforms were creating distortions and hindering further expansion of the sector."Policy makers in the telecommunications sector have failed to understand the unique features of the Kenyan market and are busy implementing policies borrowed from the West," said Joseph. He wondered why the government had targeted the sector for taxation yet it is the most promising in line with the recently launched economic strategy.Joseph said the taxes are likely to scare away investors and to scuttle any further investment by existing players.