BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,13TH JUNE,2022-Azimio la Umoja One Kenya party Presidential candidate Raila Odinga will ask President Uhuru Kenyatta not to sign the controversial Information Communications and Practitioners Bill into law.
In a statement, the former Prime Minister expressed reservation over the legislation passed last week by the National Assembly will regulate talent which damages innovation and limits growth
Raila is concerned that if it is passed into law, it will have sweeping powers over the ICT sector yet it doesn’t specify the problem it is meant to address.
“Mr Odinga finds the move to regulate ICT practitioners impractical and counter-productive. It negates the goals and visions of the National ICT Policy and Digital Strategies,” the statement released by his press secretary Dennis Onyango said
He believes the bill is out of touch with the ever changing dynamics of the industry and that it will be a hindrance to development citing restrictions put on those who are self-taught to provide services yet the country already recognizes prior learning.
“Mr Odinga has taken note and appreciates that entities like Google and Microsoft which now have their own regional headquarters here are employing people without degrees and also offer certificates in ICT and technology that empower the youth,” he said
Raila believes that the legislation will be a disincentives to the two technology giants and discourage their further investments in the country.