Companies registry project cost 62 million, cant even search….

In September 2010, ICT Board announced that the Companies registry had been automated. You can read the update on ICT Board website.

When I hear the word digitization, I think that the most basic functions will now be available at the click of a button. Well, if you go to the companies registry to incorporate a company, you have to search whether the name is already registered.

Lets search for one of the oldest company, Uchumi Limited, it is likely that there are several companies with the name Uchuni, like Uchumi chemicals etc…. see below what the site brings out.

A search of Uchumi limited yields a blank page

Maybe Uchumi is too old, let us try a younger company, Innova Limited 🙂

Innova limited search yields another blank

And who got the tender to do the website? 3Mice, one of the oldest tech companies in Kenya, they have been doing this kind of stuff for long and I would have expected better.

3mice branded the website as their work....

When researching for more information on the extent of the digitization, I remember the debate going on on twitter and the ICT board referred me to this page, which has the forms for download, but I want to search and pay via Mpesa for name reservation!

When I asked Paul Kukubo, ICT board CEO, how much was paid, he referred me to the ict.go.ke tender page and I could not get the tender and the amount. I was however reliably informed that the site cost Ksh. 62 million to develop or maybe it was part of a wider digitization process of scanning and putting the forms up for access especially with slow speeds etc…

The announcement was in 2010, you would expect that even in the case of hitches, they would have been patched up by now.

Well, I still want to do that basic search online before I can even access the forms…..

rebecca

May 10th, 2012 View Profile

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Comments

  1. Esther

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    Wanjiku

    This is misleading information.
    The website http://www.attorney-general.go.ke/ was developed in 2008 by 3mice. 3mice had nothing to do with digitization project through ICT Board in 2010 costing 62 million. Just spoken to Patrick Njoroge from State Law office who was involved in the digitization company registry project his quote is ” The mentioned work was done by a company from India called DPH of India Limited after professional procurement process done through World bank. Several companies were involved in the selection process and 3mice was not one of them.” end of quote. Please confirm your allegations.
    Concerned Esther- 3mice

    1. Patrick Njoroge

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      digitization means converting paper document to elctronic that is paper to pdf in simple terms. what it involves is scanning over 30 million companies pages in pdf. and capture important parameters for companies details like names , directors etc for the purpose of save guilding the files , for e.g protection from fire, file dispearing. Our current project is to provide information online, registration and e-filing online but there issure on online payment and aithendication . The informs your provide is false and untrue. Please get you fact right before your write anything.

  2. rebecca

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    Patrick,

    Let us assume that I am wrong….. please provide the details of:

    1. How much the digitization project cost
    2. The link of finalized works as per the ICT board release
    3. A successful search

  3. Patrick Njoroge

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    We remove the search link in the website long before since the citzen was not able to pay for names search. The Name search cost 100 per name. The serverl componenet of the projects . buying equipments ,servers , computers , networking , training and scanning over 1 million files , study tours , training etc. The upcoming project will enable the citzen to to search, registrer, filing documents. serveral issues have to be address , online payment, security of government information.

      1. patrick

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        Approval, government payment gateways that incorporate all payments system and linked with internal payment systems

  4. Patrick Njoroge

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    1 We removed the search link in the website long before since the citzen was not able to pay for names search. The Name search cost 100 per name. The serverl componenet of the projects . buying equipments ,servers , computers , networking , training and scanning over 1 million files , study tours , training etc. The upcoming project will enable the citzen to to search, registrer, filing documents. serveral issues have to be address , online payment, security of government information.

  5. Shiroh

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    Sad that this Companies Registry remains such a huge joke.

    Digitization means http://www.companieshouse.gov.uk i can register a company from Kenya and file Annual Returns from the comfort of my desk.

    Such a huge joke the Companies Registry remains and so much corruption. One would wonder why they would keep joking with such an important key function of government.

  6. Lilian

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    @ Patrick, pls answer Wanjiku’s question. Did ICT board mislead when it said the digitization process was over? @ Esther, what is the 3 Mice logo doing on the site? Please let us focus on the issues raised to help us move forward. Being on the defensive is not the way to respond to issues.

  7. James

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    Whatever is going on at the ICT Board I don’t know but it needs to be stopped before a lot of money is lost. Somebody should go in there with a big broom and clean out all those guys, from Kukubo to those yuppies earning fat salaries and doing practically nothing. This is a giant scandal waiting to happen.

  8. Gabe

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    Eeeiish!
    It saddens me to see that people entrusted with getting our country to the forefront of cutting-edge technology cannot even communicate effectively using basic English.
    I’d hope to think that it’s out of lack of respect for the Tax Payers, rather than ignorance.
    I am just saying…..

  9. M

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    I’m also unsure whether to laugh of cry at Patrick’s excuse of the 100 bob. This is endemic of a society determined to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Why should this charge be there at all? There is no manual work required to search as was the case before. This is a simple database query.

    Also, justifying withdraing the service because of fear of losing a mere 100 bob for searching instead of the potential millions in revenue from actual registration fees, VAT, PAYE, NSSF, NHIF, corporate tax, withholding tax etc if the company actually got registered is bordering on tragic. Are we this bankrupt of progressive thinking? In the age of broadband, MPesa, smart phones, 8 core processors I am stunned we are holding ourselves back in this fashion.

    Unbelievable.

  10. Nimmoh

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    hey, could you please run an article of Kenya top web hosting service providers like Mambo Microsystems Limited which is rated as Kenya Best Web Hosting company. Mambo Microsystems Limited was the first company to introduce unlimited web hosting services in Kenya and has continued to be a trendsetter since then

  11. Kimathi Kelvin Murithi

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    The problem here is resistance from the Registriy’s employees and some Underpaid lawyers who hang about the corridors hoping to get paid by people who do not wish to deal with the slow and intentionally tedious process of searching and registration of companies. Such a system would completely put them out business. It is not that the company (be it 3-mice or not-heck, it could even be 5-rats. Nobody gives a rat’s…). OK. i was saying, it is not that the company is unable to provide a good service but that it is being sabotaged from the inside.

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