Owino Magana – Kenya’s IT policy champion bows out

The country’s ICT fraternity has suffered a loss with the demise of Owino Magana, who’s among those involved in the policy formulation process for the sector.

The late Magana passed on last Friday February 12.

(TOP: A screenshot of Magana’s Facebook timeline in March 2012. BELOW: The obituary in the Daily Nation, February 23, 2016).

He was until his death the founder and CEO of Sasa Communications, an ICT consultancy firm based in Kigali, Rwanda. Sasa Communications specialises in developing policy; strategic and project/ programme execution blueprints for technology-enabled governance for public and private sector entities as well as brand positioning and management, using a multimedia approach including print and electronic media.

Magana, who’s one of the authors National ICT Policy of Kenya (2005), was also the founder and CEO of e-Kazi Africa and an e-Governance advisor.

Never one to sit on information, Magana was the person who first revealed to an audience during an ICT workshop in early February 2007 that the government would establish the Kenya ICT Board.

Media, as would be expected, picked this up and made in into news. Of course then ICT PS Dr Bitange Ndemo was not impressed, later telling journalists that such crucial information should not have been released by someone from outside government.

Anyway, the ICT Board was later established in the course of the same month with Paul Kukubo as CEO. The Board has since been transformed into the Kenya ICT Authority bringing together the ICT Board, e-Government Secretariat and Government IT Services (GITS).


Magana was also a gifted chess player, and was at one time the national champion according to this tribute penned in his honour by Brian Kidula in The Star.

May his soul rest in peace…

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