“Kenyan Governor supports ICT 4 Development Conference in Rural Kenya”

November 4th 2013

Planners for this year’s ICT 4 Development Conference in Rural Kenya, the 4th to be held in the rural village of Kibugat in the Rift valley Proince have received a boost with Kericho County Governor, H.E. Professor Paul Kiprono Chepkwony declaring support for the initiative in a social media message to its organisers. The Governor wrote, “We will play our part to ensure that the conference becomes the best in the world!” This year’s conference is on the theme of how devolution politics in Kenya can utilise ICT for the inclusion for all. The Conference is to be held on the 9th - 11th of December 2013 with three International speakers confirmed. This international event is unique, and probably one of its kind in Africa as it is held in the most rural setting in Kenya. This is an initiative started by I.T. Skills 4 Rural Kenya, a UK based charity, now registered too as an NGO in Kenya, and recycles computers to the African Country.

The Governor is the second highest political leader in Kenya to laud the work the Charity is doing after Kenya’s 4th President; His Excellency Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta met the organisation’s Founder, Mr. Edward Kibosek in London mid this year, declaring his full support” for the initiative, especially that it is led by Kenya Diaspora. Governor Chepkwony was in Brighton too towards the end of August, and to familiarise himself with the work that the Charity is doing including signing a Memorandum of Understanding allowing Kericho County Government to join I.T. Skills 4 Rural Kenya co-host this year’s and future ICT 4 Development Conferences in rural Kenya. Kericho County recently received a donation of 20 used laptops from the Charity, which will go into developing part of a scheme that will see the Charity deliver 30 ICT Centres across the County’s 30 political wards. Thanking the Charity and its supporters for the donation, the Governor said “I was in the UK in August and met the team who hosted me. What they are doing for humanity is awesome! We are privileged to host the conference in Rural Kenya. The Government of Kericho County supports the initiative full.”

This year’s Conference website is to be launched later this week and participants are encouraged to submit papers, and other presentations.

Edward Kibosek.