President Uhuru Kenyatta has on Tuesday declined to sign into law the controversial Information Communication Technology (ICT) bill.
In an event held at State House, the Head of State send the bill back to parliament with a memoranda requesting the legislator to look into some of the issues raised before it can be brought back to him.
Confirming the news was ICT CS Joe Mucheru who noted that the Insurance Professionals Registration Bill of 2020 and Higher Education Loans Bill of 2020 were also returned back to parliament by the Head of State.
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“President Kenyatta declined three parliamentary bills among them the Information Communication Technology Practitioners Bill; Insurance Professionals Registration Bill of 2020; and Higher Education Loans Bill of 2020, all sent back to Parliament with memoranda.” Said CS Joe Mucheru.
Kenyans raised a lot of issues in regard to the bill that was to see those with basic skills in the sector to apply for a license before commencing business, lack of which could lead to fines or a jail term.
CS Mucheru termed the contents as private sector oriented and that he would fight to ensure that the sector is protected.
“This ICT Bill is a private member’s bill. As a Ministry we continuously fought against this bill in its various forms. The political season comes with all maner of surprises including failed assurances by the people responsible. I will do my part to safeguard our thriving sector.” Said CS Mucheru