Inside raging battle for the control of key eCitizen system

Hurried poor negotiation of these Government contracts means that the contract hot spots are not well thought out and transitional services in case of termination are not provided for. I hope that moving forward, the Government appreciates the serious impact of these services contracted to private companies and changes its tact.

Kind regards,

Catherine Kariuki

Partner – Telecommunications, Media & Technology



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Puzzling developments given the current row over the management of the eCitizen portal. Even as it unfolds, there is need to start thinking of a better way to manage such an important e-government programme and have it embedded in a specific policy, law and institution.


A court battle between the eCitizen developer, a company that has been collecting funds through the system, and the Treasury has not only revealed several holes in the project implementation, but has also complicated matters. Goldrock Capital, which has been collecting money and remitting to government from the platform, has sued the Treasury for locking it out of the mobile money collection portal. Goldrock has made party to its suit Webmasters Kenya which developed the portal and which contracted it to do the collections. As soon as the Treasury finally wrested control of the digital payments system, it began regularisation of the entire project but the process has sparked a three-way standoff.

Victor Kapiyo
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