A Techpreneur’s Take On Frustrations When Trading With Kenyan Government

Sam Gichuru, Uhuru Kenyatta

Sam Gichuru, Uhuru KenyattaSam Gichuru is a co-founder of Nailab, a Kenyan Tech Business Incubator based in Nairobi. The incubator seeks to lower the barriers of entry for entrepreneurs in the Tech industry besides providing access to information, contacts, capital and resources for growth of the startups. As part of this master plan, the Kenyan government  launched a $1.6 million public-private sector partnership with NaiLab to create a Tech Business Incubation program that supports Kenyan ICT startups in 2013.

During the 2015 ICT Innovation  forum, the government made a commitment to offer the ICT sector $120 Million (Kshs. 1 Billion) with the aim of allowing Kenyan business to compete with global players in the ICT sector as well as provide employment opportunities for the Youth. While all these measures are being taken to spur growth in the sector, there immense challenges with demands for kickbacks from government quarters. In a series of Tweets, Sam Gichuru detailed the challenges a Techpreneur seeking to engage with the government faces as storified below.