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Kenya's New ICT Authority Board Appointees Face Opposition

31 January, 2014
CIO East Africa

In a letter addressed to the ICT Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiangi by ICTAK Secretary General Kamotho Njenga, the lobby claims that the Board's appointment is illegal.

In its application, ICTAK claims that paragraph 6 (2)(e) of Legal Notice 183 of 2013 provided that not more than 6 persons, not being public officers, be appointed, the Cabinet Secretary proceeded to include persons who are public officers as per under article 260 of the Constitution of Kenya. The lobby also takes issue with the fact that whereas paragraph 6 (3) of the Notice requires that members of the board be appointed at different times so that the respective expiry dates of their terms in office fall at different times , the cabinet secretary has gazetted the entire set of appointees on a single effective date.

However while reacting to ICTAK's opposition to the ICT Authority Board appointments during the inauguration of the board at Teleposta Towers, Dr Matiangi, denied the allegations claiming that there were no illegalities in the appointments .

"If we are called to defend ourselves in the court of law we will go. I can attest that the men and women in this board are of high integrity who are willing to serve this nation," said Matiangi.

The board consists of Prof Timothy M. waema, Esther Njeri Kibere, Bertha Joseph Dena, Elijah Omwenga, David Mugo and Ugas Sheikh Mohammed and will be led by former Alego Usonga MP, Edwin Yinda.

Others expected to join the board on behalf of the government include ICT PS Joseph Tiampati, Lands and Housing PS Mariam El Maawy and National Treasury PS Kamau Thugge.

Kamotho Njenga said that they were calling upon the Cabinet Secretary to immediately revoke the illegal gazette notice NO 444.

"We ask the Cabinet Secretary to convene a multistakeholder forum to chart a way forward for the implementation of the ICT Authority order as thoughtfully as propounded by His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta on 16th August 2013," said ICTAK chair Kamotho Njenga.

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