20 February 2013

Kenya: ICT Board Chief Executive Will Not Renew Contract

Kenya ICT Board chief executive Paul Kukubo will not seek to renew his contract which expires in August, he said yesterday.

He confirmed he has taken up the head position at the East Africa Commodities Exchange, which was recently established. His current contract was renewed in August 1 2010 after he had served for two years.

"I have served my time, it is time to let someone else take over," Kukubo said.The ICT board was formed in 2007 in charge of the development of the ICT sector in the country and the marketing Kenya as an ICT investment destination. One of its biggest task currently is seeing actualisation of the Konza city project.

Information PS Bitange Ndemo confirmed the exit but did not say when new appointments will be made.Kukubo and Ndemo were speaking on the sidelines of an event to launch survey finding on the status of the ICT sector.

Kenya's internet penetration, according to the survey, is now 28 per cent, compared to just 4 per cent in 2006.Between 2010 and 2011, the study commissioned by the ICT Board showed the total number of households with a personal computer grew from 6.3per cent to 8 per cent whice internet users rose 30.4 per cent from 10.99 million to 17.38 million users.

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