Ideas & Debate

Missing link in Kenya’s digital growth dream

We need to offer young people the opportunity to participate and contribute to national development. FILE PHOTO | NMG
We need to offer young people the opportunity to participate and contribute to national development. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Is Kenya’s future already here? The thought came to mind in observing the bevy of high-priced lawyers strutting high-data, high-tech stuff at this week’s hearing of the presidential election petition.

So, the portal was not the same as the screen. Statistics are not results, unless they are provisional.

Forget algorithms and “lines of best fit”, even Pythagoras and his hypotenuse can’t explain voter choice. It reminded me of the opening scene in a training video I used a generation ago titled Iintroduction to Computers’ — in which the presenter ominously asks “Do you know how to boot up, and DOS down?”

In those pre-Windows, early Internet, zero social media, pre-laptop and mobile days in Kenya, that was “scare talk” for asking if one knew how to switch on a computer. It always worked like a dream.