The Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communication, Fred Matiang'i, says the president has signed the Kenya ICT Authority to law. In an email to the Kenya ICT Action Network Forum, Matiang'i said that a board to run the authority would be formed soon, alongside a committee to steer the merging of eGovernment, Government Information Technology Services(GITS) and the Kenya ICT Board into the authority.
The move reflects a policy by the Jubilee Government to have all government IT services fall under a single ministry and government body. The three agencies handling IT have previously being drawn from three ministries, each having their separate budgets and mandates, which at times overlapped or were unclear.
The mandate of the Kenya ICT Authority will be revealed in time.
Dennis Mbuvi has been writing at CIO East Africa Magazine and CIO.co.ke since May 2010. His key focus is the use of technology to solve day to day business challenges and product reviews. Mbuvi has been invited to speak at various IT, Telecom and Media events in the region. He was also a keynote speaker at the inaugural Joomla day in Kenya talking on possibilities of the Joomla Content Management System. Mbuvi holds a B.Sc in Computer Science degree from Kenyatta University. He is on Twitter as @denniskioko