ICT Practitioners Bill, call for comments/submissions to the National Assembly

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On Fri, Feb 19, 2021 at 3:37 PM Andrew Alston via kictanet <
kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:

> As another question,
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> And I’ve asked this in other forums as well – but considering the number
> of legal folk on this list – I figured I’d ask for further opinion here.
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> Does the ICT practitioner bill not run directly afoul of article 33.1 of
> the constitution – which states:
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> (1) Every person has the right to freedom of expression, which includes–
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> (a) freedom to seek, receive or impart information or ideas;
> (b) freedom of artistic creativity; and
> (c) academic freedom and freedom of scientific research.
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> Now – surely that is the very essence of ICT – particularly in the roles
> of designers, consultants and anyone working with information. The I in
> ICT alone stands for information.
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> Comments? I am no lawyer – so I may be well off track – but I’d like to
> hear opinions on this
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> Andrew
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> *From:* Adam Lane <adam.lane@huawei.com>
> *Sent:* Friday, 19 February 2021 14:28
> *To:* Andrew Alston <Andrew.Alston@liquidtelecom.com>; KICTAnet ICT
> Policy Discussions <kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke>
> *Subject:* RE: [kictanet] ICT Practitioners Bill, call for
> comments/submissions to the National Assembly
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> Indeed. I fully agree this definition captures the entire population that
> uses a smartphone! Let alone that majority of jobs whether a 1 person
> business on the street or boda driver or a farmer in agriculture, or anyone
> working in any industry whatsoever is increasingly using digital no matter
> if they think they are an ICT practitioner or not. Do we need a certificate
> to write with pen and paper or use a calculator? Why do we need one to type
> or use excel or sell online?
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> Let’s be clear there is already a very effective market based mechanism in
> certifications that are OPTIONAL and offered by acadamia as well as private
> actors anywhere around the world, including delivered online globally.
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> Let’s also be clear that the market recognises and rewards experience
> based on references etc without needing any certification or likewise.
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> *From:*Andrew Alston <Andrew.Alston@liquidtelecom.com>
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> *To:*KICTAnet ICT Policy Discussions <kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke>
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> *Cc:*Adam Lane <adam.lane@huawei.com>
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> *Date:*2021-02-19 14:20:34
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> *Subject:*Re: [kictanet] ICT Practitioners Bill, call for
> comments/submissions to the National Assembly
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> This is correct – he has stated as much in public Facebook posts.
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> I encourage people to read that bill and in addition to at least one
> submission I know is going in complete with 13 and a half thousand
> signatures on it – every single submission against this absolute innovation
> killing industry harming insanity would be useful.
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> In summary the way I see this
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> A.) it would result in some of the most experienced people in the industry
> being forced out of the country to be able to work
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> B.) there is no proper definition of an ict professional that does not
> cover everything from the secretary that uses excel to input numbers to the
> most advanced programmer – the definition in there covers virtually anyone
> in a modern job
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> C.) the bill has no provision in it for bringing in external trainers and
> consultants and hence damages the industry by working against international
> knowledge sharing
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> D.) the bill is death to cooperative international innovation
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> E.) the bill creates serious and deep problems with inter company staff
> transfers or people in multi-nationals coming in to work on intra-company
> projects that require external resource
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> F.) the bill could potentially put a lot of people out of work damaging
> the overall tax base
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> G.) there has been zero cited evidence of the need for this bill or the
> positive impact it would have in the industry – no studies cited – no fact
> based assertions – nothing but speculation that is in my view a naked
> attempt at a money grab
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> H.) the law is entirely impractical as regards enforcement – since in the
> days of remote work a person affected by this can just leave the country
> and work remotely and be exempt – while again having negative affect on the
> taxation base.
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> Plenty more points which I will get to but that’s a quick summary of the
> headline points against this absurdity
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> Andrew
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> Get Outlook for iOS <aka.ms/o0ukef>
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> *From:* kictanet <
> kictanet-bounces+andrew.alston=liquidtelecom.com@lists.kictanet.or.ke> on
> behalf of Adam Lane via kictanet <kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke>
> *Sent:* Friday, February 19, 2021 12:17:48 PM
> *To:* Andrew Alston <Andrew.Alston@liquidtelecom.com>
> *Cc:* Adam Lane <adam.lane@huawei.com>
> *Subject:* Re: [kictanet] ICT Practitioners Bill, call for
> comments/submissions to the National Assembly
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> I believe that CS Mucheru has said he does not support this, and I recall
> he has said that this is purely driven by the sponsors of the bill in
> parliament.
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> *From:* kictanet [
> mailto:kictanet-bounces+adam.lane=huawei.com@lists.kictanet.or.ke
> <kictanet-bounces+adam.lane=huawei.com@lists.kictanet.or.ke>] *On Behalf
> Of *Frankline Sunday via kictanet
> *Sent:* Friday, February 19, 2021 10:32 AM
> *To:* Adam Lane <adam.lane@huawei.com>
> *Cc:* Frankline Sunday <franklinesunday@gmail.com>
> *Subject:* Re: [kictanet] ICT Practitioners Bill, call for
> comments/submissions to the National Assembly
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> yeah mucheru is very eager to push it through. let me follow up. thanks
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> On Fri, Feb 19, 2021 at 10:01 AM Wamathai (HapaKenya) via kictanet <
> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
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> This thing has refused to die.
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> On Fri, 19 Feb 2021, 09:52 David Indeje via kictanet, <
> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
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> *Kind Regards,*
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> *David Indeje *
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