For the last year or so, the immigration officials have been camping at “tech start up” hotspots, seeking to weed out illegal workers or in other words those with no work permits.
This has been frustrating to “expats” who have maintained that Kenya has no tech capacity etc. I am sure you have read stories of how people can not find appropriate hardware such as key boards, mouse, etc in Kenya.
It seems Fred Matiangi, Info Comm Cabinet Secretary will give the expats a reprieve in the work permit application process.
Since Jane Waikenda took over at Nyayo house, she had a policy of employing stringent measures especially in areas where such capacity is available locally. This didn’t go down well for some ICT companies bringing in unemployed westerners in droves as “expats”. Some have argued that they would move their corporate headquarters to South Sudan or Congo, just to protest, well, maybe Tanzania or South Africa.
Anyway, Matiangi says he has had discussions with his interior ministry CS and now ICT work permit applications will be treated differently. The ICTA will participate in the process and there will be a desk where the applicants can be helped.
This helps in the transfer of skills 🙂