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Bitange Ndemo,ICT Proffesor recounts how friends and family abandoned him after he lost job

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Ndemo did not have it easy after he lost his Permanent Secretary job, recounting how his friends deserted him in his lowest moment, and how frustrated he was after the calls stopped coming in.

“My phone went silent when I was fired, I then realized that I did not have friends, they were just my colleagues,” he stated in an interview with a local TV station.

Ndemo is an ICT champion, an academician and newspaper columnist with the Kenyan newspaper Daily Nation and its sister publication, the Business Daily.

The Kisii-born visionary took up teaching, which became his saving grace, currently as a Professor of Entrepreneurship, at the University of Nairobi. His works focus on ICT within small and medium enterprises and their influence on Kenya’s economy.

The former PS recounted the challenges that he had to overcome when he assumed office in 2005 under President Mwai Kibaki, noting that Kenya was just beginning its exodus to digitization.

“I faced strong resistance from various ministries in the move to digitize government data, as I had promised to provide access within 30 days,” he stated in an interview with an international publication.

“I had to hurriedly form a team, pressuring ministers to open their data, I had to secure presidential support all for the successful launch of the Kenyan Open data portal,” he remarked.

In 2006, he received the prestigious presidential Chief of the Burning Spear of Kenya (CBS) award for his distinguished services to the country.

It is then fitting to say that he is a pillar of innovation, as his efforts have given rise to what we now enjoy in terms of digitization of government data, fast internet, and money transfer services.

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