The Amorphous ICT PRACTITIONERS BILL 2016

Welcome to the 2016 Kenya where Bills and regulations are the order of the day. Now A bill that seeks to control how, when and where to innovate and limit the innovative skills of young developers . The Bill is so amorphous and ugly that it will make one puke.

All was well until the Amorphous ICT Practitioners Bill 2016 was developed. The people or the committee that came up with that Bill should all die. Seriously?

Some preliminary issues on the Bill after reading it:

1. There is established an ICT Practitioners Institute

2. Information Communication Technology Association of Kenya nominates 5 people on the Board of the Institute.

3. All ICT practitioners must be registered and licensed as ICT practitioners on payment of annual fees.

4. You must have a Degree to qualify for registration as an ICT partitioner. //??(SIC)Just think about Bill Gates and Zuckerberg. Non of them graduated from college, but they changed the world in their own small way.

5. You must have five years experience to practice ICT.

6. A person shall not operate an ICT firm unless it is registered by the Institute and has paid annual membership.

7. A person shall not be entitled to recover a fee for ICT services, unless such person is licensed under this Act.

“A person shall not be entitled to recover a fee for ICT services, unless such person is licensed under this Act.….” What about those young innovators/app developers in our incubation hubs who have not yet graduated and have no relevant experience, which are prerequisites for registration? Can they not monetize their work?

What happens to startups whose founding teams, or chief engineers don’t have college degrees?

Am sorry I couldn’t rant enough because all this, I had to type on my phone in the back of a landcruiser in 2G Network. Will be back soon #CHEERS

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