Day 3 of Talk to the Senate (2017-2022 Priorities)

Rant >> Legal fees should never exceed budgets allocated for projects
increasing service delivery and access to information.

www.businessdailyafrica.com/news/City-Hall-to-pay-lawyer-
Ojienda-Sh262-million/539546-4161134-1mwtbe/index.html

@Walu Your comments sum up why we need to Legislate principles and then,
within that Legislation require IT Procurement and Management Regulations
to be *gazetted* + updated by the *Kenya ICT Authority* every 36 or so
months. The KICTA needs to allow for public participation. Public being the
IT industry – individuals, companies and associations who avail themselves
for public forums, whether in body or online.

County residents may sue their executives if these regulations are ignored
and information concerning resident welfare is not readily accessible.

* Best practice will distribute instances (installations) of service
applications. Even if there is a centralized service for all counties, each
county should have their own information backed up at their premises and in
other localities or counties. Each and every citizen/resident unable to
access the Internet should be able to access data within county premises –
including paper notifications stuck on notice boards and digital dash
boards. At County premises, you should be able to enter your ID or Passport
number on some digital appliance (dashboard) and access workflow
information – where your case/matter has reached and who is handling it at
each stage and how to contact them. There should be a complaint/feedback
mechanism at your finger tips if service is not forthcoming.*
On Wed, Feb 7, 2018 at 12:34 PM, Walubengo J via kictanet <
kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:

> @Kanini,
>
> I got busy and forgot to share…so the following may perhaps fit in the
> previous days discussions but you decide.
>
> I was involved with Counties a while back while developing some of their County
> ICT roadmaps which most have not
> bothered to implement. One thing we observed was that very few counties
> had a substantive ICT ministry at county levels. Many had lumped ICTs under
> Youth ministries, or education ministries. One if am not wrong even had
> put ICT under health or housing ministry 😉
>
> So anyway, what this means is that when it comes to budgeting, ICT issues
> would be last on the queue or put differently, no budgets for ICTs. That
> was problem no 1.
>
> Problem no 2. was the county assemblies, the folks who approve county
> budgets had little understanding of ICT budgets, so when push comes to
> shove, even progressive ‘ICT’ counties like Uasin Gishu would have their
> ICT budgets chopped off viciously.
>
> Problem no3. I observed was that most counties needed the same ‘ICT’
> services eg. Health info systems, Revenue Collection (parking fees,
> licensing fees, rates, etc) and so they would benefit from coming together
> and purchasing Cloud services as opposed to each individually buying the
> same system (H/ware & S/Ware) from perhaps the same supplier who charges
> them x47 times for separate installations.
>
> But most Counties prefer to operate in isolation since it gives them
> leeway on deciding who gets the ICT tenders (read between the lines 😉
>
> Maybe going forward, Senate Committee on ICT could increase its focus
> County ICT budgets (or their lack thereof). Further they would demand more
> accountability on how these budgets are spent..tendered..etc. Essentially
> provide deeper ICT oversight and performance indicators for counties.
>
> walu.
>
> On Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 9:13:51 AM GMT+3, kanini mutemi via
> kictanet <kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>
>
> Dear Listers,
>
> Welome to the third and final day of the Talk to the Senate series. We
> have discussed at length the challenges facing the counties and made
> exciting proposals for a brighter future. We will culminate this discussion
> with an earnest look at how we can foster engagements between the ICT
> community and the legislature (think, effective public participation). The
> proposals we come up with could very easily be adopted into a Public
> Participation Bill that would dictate how counties are to conduct public
> participation, talk about killing two birds with one stone.
>
> Please indulge me in answering the following questions–
>
> (a) What constitutes effective public participation?
>
> (b) How can we leverage on ICT to achieve effective public participation?
>
> (c) Please give proposals on engagements you would like to see between the
> ICT community and the Senate ICT Committee.
>
>
> Let us finish strong!
>
>
>
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