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You Lazy (Intellectual) African Scum! – Response!

Tweet This is my off the cuff response to You Lazy (Intellectual) African Scum! – Response by one Field Ruwe We Africans will never get world respect when we go begging all over the world, depend on other people to establish “priorities” for us, and which priorities they fund. A few months ago I spoke […]

Kenya: A Rough Ride towards an Information Economy

Tweet By Matunda Nyanchama, PhD (Download a .pdf version of this article on this link.) On January 17th, 2012 Kenyans woke up to news of desecration of a number of government websites. A hacker has taken liberty to expose the weaknesses in the security of government systems, reportedly after a short tutorial. The hacker, coming […]

New Scramble for Africa: Are we prepared?

By Matunda Nyanchama, PhD Toronto, Ontario, June 9th, 2011 Tweet Click here for a .pdf version of this article In an article titled “U.S. Companies Race to Catch Up in Africa” James R. Hagerty and Will Connors talk of how American companies are playing catch up in Africa, behind the Chinese that have taken a […]

Justice Ringera & KACC Appointments – The Real Issues

By Matunda Nyanchama Toronto, Ontario September 27, 2009 The real issues on Justice Aaron Ringera’s re-appointment (and that of two others) to lead KACC are (a) the powers of the Executive as laid down in existing law, (b) Judicial  independence, (c) Legislative independence, and (d) Constitutionalism. The matter, now in court, offers a chance for […]

Metropolitan Nairobi – Some Thoughts on Development

Metropolitan Nairobi – Some Development Suggestions[i] By Matunda Nyanchama [i] Remarks to meeting of Kenyans in Canada and a Kenyan delegation from the Nairobi Metropolitan Ministry visiting Canada. February 2009 Saturday February 28, 2009 The Hon. Elizabeth Ongoro Masha, MP and the Metropolitan Nairobi Ministry Delegation, acting Kenyan High Commissioner to Canada, KCO President and […]

Creating an Enabling Environment for ICT Growth

By Matunda Nyanchama Toronto, Ontario, Canada May 19, 2006 Information Communication Technology (ICT) is both an enabler and an industry by itself. As an enabler, ICTs help create efficiency, speed and effectiveness to business processes. As an industry, it includes a range of both software and hardware products, and services that design, build and operate […]

The Kenyan IT Training Scene: Some Observations

While in industrialised countries much of the activity is centred on retraining, the reverse is true in Kenya. Much of the training here focuses on basic IT literacy with the core beneficiaries being potentially fresh entrants in the job market. And while there is much retraining going on in many companies and government institutions, basic training for workers entering the market predominates. Private computer training colleges form the core of such efforts.

There are a number of such training colleges in the country. In the past, government institutions have played a leading role in this aspect. Thus we had the popular Diploma in Computer Science from the University of Nairobi while government-financed/run polytechnics have also been central to this activity. Today, almost all universities, polytechnics and colleges of technology offer computer training in some form or another.

This notwithstanding, recent trends indicate that the private sector is taking a lead in this direction. At the moment, there may well be several times more people studying at private colleges than there are in public institutions. These private colleges have evolved to occupy a major void that cannot otherwise be filled by public alone. As demand for computer-literate personnel keeps growing, these colleges will remain key players in the local IT market.

Road Accidents in Kenya – Some Thoughts

A Nation Asleep at the Wheel [1] By Matunda Nyanchama, PhD Of late, our country Kenya has acquired the notorious distinction as a country with the highest road accident rates in the category of countries at the same stage of development. We lose several thousand lives to road accidents annually. A number of victims are […]

The Case for Opening up the Kenyan Airwaves

The Editor East African Standard Nairobi, Kenya Dear sir/madam, The Case for Opening up the Kenyan Airwaves [A version of this article appeared in the East African Standard sometime in the Spring of 1994.] Once again, the politicians are on a war path against each other. The matter has even drawn the foreign diplomatic community […]