How bad tech policies are killing dreams of young entrepreneurs

Good morning Listers

Our submission to bunge was covered by Standard.

During the campaigns for the 2013 presidential elections, President
Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto adopted a manifesto that
hinged on a narrative of digital transformation that eventually got
the two elected.

At the time, the two candidates told young voters that the existing
crop of leaders was out of touch with the needs and aspirations of
digital natives – young people under 25 who grew up in an age when
smart phones, the internet and social media were becoming mainstream –
and that they were best-equipped to drive a digital economy.

Half a decade later and the narrative of a ‘digital government’ is
quickly unraveling. In the last two years, the government has proven
to be the most detrimental to Kenya’s digital economy, eroding
previous gains made in the journey of making Kenya a Silicon Savannah.

Best regards

Grace Githaiga