[kictanet] Mulot - Bomet County hackers hack their way into government investment competing with Konza

Mwendwa Kivuva Kivuva at transworldafrica.com
Tue Jul 19 11:42:35 EAT 2022

Move aside Konza Technopolis. The new Silicon Savannah is Mulot, Bomet
county. The email below has been circulating, ostensibly from ICTA. It has
been sent from Constant Connect email newsletter. The information is not
available on ICTA website, so this may be business email compromise.

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: ICT Authority <connected at ict.go.ke>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2022, 17:48
Subject: Invitation : Ground breaking of the First Kenya Software Factory
in Mulot, Bomet County

Dear ,

The Ministry of ICT, Innovation, and Youth Affairs launched the Kenya
National Digital Masterplan (2022-2032) in April 2022 at the 11th Connected
Summit. The Masterplan is meant to guide the government as well as
investors while planning, designing, and deploying ICT initiatives for the
country over the next 10 years. The master plan highlighted 19 flagship
initiatives that the country considers as critical in accelerating the
digital transformation of the nation.

Among the flagship programmes is the establishment of two major software
industries which will employ over 100,000 software engineers to develop
Software/Systems for the region as well as for the global market. This is
expected to create employment opportunities for our youth and spur the
country's economic growth. To kick off this initiative, the government
through the Ministry of ICT, Innovation, and Youth Affairs together with
the County Government of Bomet has identified land and site for the
establishment of the Software Factory.

As you may be aware Bomet County, Mulot area, is known to host talented ICT
experts who have been using their skills in the wrong way i.e to ‘hack’ ICT
platforms in the country and region. The government has planned to tap
these talents through establishment of the Software factory to provide the
necessary environment for their innovation and creativity. The government
plan is to establish the factory with private sector investors under
public-private partnership arrangement.

The Ministry through ICT Authority has planned for the groundbreaking and
launch of the factory on Friday, 29th July 2022 at Mulot, Bomet County. The
event will be officiated by Hon. Joe Mucheru, CS Ministry of ICT,
Innovation and Youth Affairs together with the County Government of Bomet
working together with 14 counties under the Lake Basin Economic Forum. It
is expected that government agencies and ICT investors will participate
through exhibitions, publicity, and awards.

In our continuous effort to collaborate with all key sector partners,
the Authority is, therefore, inviting your institution, for full
participation and support for the event. The Authority will provide an
exhibition space, where you can showcase your products and services.

For confirmation of your space, attendance and participation contact Ms.
Hellen Kirui, via email hkirui at ict.go.ke, Telephone: 0717355002, and
Felista Warui; Telephone: 0721573332 by Friday 23rd July 2022 COB.

I look forward to your favorable response and collaboration on the
implementation of the Kenya Digital Master Plan.
Yours sincerely,
Dr. Kipronoh Ronoh
Ag. Chief Executive Officer
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