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Campaign to ensure the public is secure

02 October 2014, 23:30

Nairobi - The safety of consumers buying and selling goods through online platforms has been enhanced through the partnerships of three stakeholders to launch 'Kaa Ridhoo' which aims at ensuring that the public is keen while transacting online.

ICT Authority of Kenya, Consumer Federation of Kenya and OLX announced the partnership today at a Nairobi hotel.

Speaking during the launch, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of ICT, Mr. Joseph Tiampati said the government is facing cyber crime challenges and assured Kenyans that the government is determined to
combat them.

He added that the Ministry has already launched the National Cyber Security Framework, which consists of the strategy, Digital Certificates and a portal where Kenyans can report the incidences.

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"We are aware of the challenges but the government is facing the challenge head on and we will continue working with various stakeholders to realize our goals," he said.

 ICT Authority Head of Information Security, Mr. Evans Kahutu said the cases have been on the rise in the country and might be a setback to the growth of the economy.

"Our mandate as the ICT Authority is to co- ordinate the ICT sector, establish, develop and maintain secure ICT infrastructure and systems, and to market Kenya as a local and International ICT hub. If Kenyans do not trust online platforms, it is a setback," he said.

Kahutu said the authority will soon start using digital certificates which will act as digital ID’s for those contacting online.

He added that the system is already piloting at Kenya Revenue Authority.

OLX Country Manager, Mr. Peter Ndiang'ui emphasized the need for an educative campaign to create awareness within the Kenyan population and equip them with appropriate information to make them more cautious.

"As an online platform, we have not been exempted from cases of unscrupulous individuals. We have been trying to do our due diligence and provide as much information as necessary to our clients regarding their safety," he said.

Vice Chairman, COFEK Mr. John Juma reiterated the Federations mandate to work towards a fair, just and safe marketplace for all Kenyan and regional consumers in all sectors of the economy.

"COFEK is committed to consumer protection, education, research, consultancy, litigation, anti-counterfeits campaign and business rating on consumerism," he said.

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