The Cabinet Secretary for Information and Communication Technology Joe Mucheru has appointed a new 15-member COVID-19 Advisory Committee.
The team which was announced in the latest gazette notice No 3236 dated April 21st will be chaired by Mercy Wanjau and deputized by Peter Njonjo.
Mary Wanjau is the current Acting Director-General for the Communications Authority as Peter Njonjo is the CEO and Co-Founder of Twiga Foods.
The Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru said the mandate of the 15-member team will be focused on developing and implementing a framework for identifying, supporting and scaling local ICT solutions that can support the country in its efforts to combat the Covid-19 pandemic effects.
The team will also establish an enabling environment to stimulate economic development through the sector and ways to increase digital employment by supporting enterprises, workers and investments as well as skills development.
They will also examine the effects and impact of COVID-19 on the lives and socio-economic activities of Kenyans and advice on key ICT initiatives to respond to the pandemic, in order to mitigate the effects of pandemics on individual livelihoods, communities, and the economy.
According to the gazette notice, term of office for the Advisory Committee shall be for a duration of six months and the Cabinet Secretary may, where necessary, extend the said term for such a period as he may deem necessary.
The committee comprises of
- Mercy Wanjau – Chairperson
- Peter Njonjo – Vice- Chariperson
- Ory Okolloh
- Dr Fernando Wangila
- Dr Joseph Sitienei
- Dr Shikoh Gitau
- Hilda Moraa
- Mahmoud Noor
- Kevin Atibu
- Dr James Njeru
- Mercy Tepla
- Alvin Amuyunzu
- Rahab Juma
- Augustus Munywoki
- John Kiria