NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya is in the process of enacting a law that
would protect the nation’s vast Information Communication
Technology (ICT) infrastructure, a government official said on
Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Information Communication
Technology (ICT), told Xinhua in Nairobi that a draft Critical
Infrastructure Protection Bill will soon be tabled in Parliament
“We are hoping the
law to be in place before end of May. Once operational, it will
safeguard critical ICT assets such as fiber cables, base
stations and data centers from malicious damage,” Kyalo said.
Kyalo said that over
the past decades, the government and private sector have
invested millions of U.S. dollars in ICT infrastructure in a bid
to increase internet connectivity throughout the country.
“This has led to
increased cases of vandalism of ICT property to the detriment of
society at large,” he noted.
Kyalo said that the
ICT law will lay out strategies on how to protect vital
infrastructure as well as enhance penalties for those convicted
of ICT vandalism.
According to the
ministry of ICT, safeguarding critical infrastructure will have
numerous benefits to the country.
“The cost of
maintenance for ICT equipment will reduce and we hope
organizations will also lower the cost of accessing ICT services
for consumers in the country,” he added.
Kyalo noted that ICT
has been identified as an enabler for the government’s key
priority areas of agriculture, food security, affordable housing