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Friday June 10,2016

The ICT Authority (ICTA) Board is yet to forward the names of the three candidates shortlisted for the position of chief executive to the ICT secretary five months after it began the process to fill the position.

The ICTA Board in January appointed consultancy KPMG to recruit a person to fill the position of CEO that fell vacant following the appointment of Victor Kyalo as Information and Communications PS.

The board is expected to submit three names to the ICT secretary who will then pick one to fill in the position.

This will be the first time the recruitment of ICTA chief executive is being done competitively as required by the Constitution.

“I haven’t received any names from the ICTA board. However, what I understand is that the board contracted one of the big four consultancy firms to do the recruitment,” ICT secretary Joseph Mucheru told the Business Daily in an interview.

In an acting capacity

The agency’s board chairman, Mr Edwin Yinda, could not be reached for comments as his phone went answered for the past three days the Business Daily tried to reach him over the matter. The chief executive position is currently held by Robert Mugo in an acting capacity.

Mr Mugo is also the director in charge of shared services at the authority.

The authority in January said it is looking for a person with a degree from a recognised university and has at least seven-year working experience in a senior position in matters relating to information and communication technology, law or finance.

The ICTA came into being in August 2013 after the State consolidated the Kenya ICT Board, Directorate of E-Government and the Government Information and Technology Services under the new agency to enhance efficiency, eliminate the overlap that led to duplication of activities and wastage of government resources.

The authority has a mandate to advise the government on sector development and ICT projects implementation and investment.

The entity is also tasked with enforcement of ICT standards in government and enhances supervision of electronic services in an effort to eliminate duplication of roles among State agencies.

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