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Bureaucracy stifling Konza City progress

31 January 2014, 12:44

Nairobi - Cabinet Secretary for Information and Communication and Technology, Dr Fred Matiangi, attributed the delay in the development of the Konza City on bureaucracies associated with procurement procedures in government.

“I must confess to you as a Kenyan that I frankly think that the procurement process we have in the country sometimes is unnecessarily punishing, delays things and is too bureaucratic but we have to follow that we have no option,” he said.

Matiangi added that the project, which former President Mwai Kibaki flagged last year, already had been allocated some money.

“What has been allocated is Sh 793 Million and the money is in various ministries,” he said during the unveiling of the board of directors of the newly-constituted ICT Authority.

The unveiling collapses different government agencies on ICT and brings them under the authority.

“ICT Authority brings together Government Information Technology Services (GITS) which was formerly at the Treasury, the Directorate of e-government, which used to be at the Office of the President, and the former ICT Board,” said Dr. Matiangi.

The board also boasts of representation from the Universities which Matiangi said was a deliberate move through which the government intends to more easily match needs and talents to effectively connect Kenya.

The appointments of the ICT Authority board has however not been well received by all the stakeholders in the ICT sector with the ICT Association of Kenya members threatening to go to court to protest the appointments.

The association said that they were not consulted in the appointments.

In a response, Matiangi said that any aggrieved parties should seek redress in court saying that the board had representation from all stakeholders.

– CAJ News


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