By Tom Jackson
One month, two East African elections, and two very different approaches to the tech development that each nation admits is vital to their economic success.
Rwandans confirmed Paul Kagame as their president, with almost 99 percent of the vote, while in Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta was re-elected with 54 percent. Both elections were controversial, but the results stand.
Whether people are happy or not, however, Kagame and Kenyatta are now likely to be leaders of their countries for some time to come. Both have placed technological development, and becoming tech hubs in the region, at the center of their plans, but Rwanda and Kenya look like they are taking different paths.
Troubled times in Kenya
Not so long ago Kenya was the technological hub of Africa. Everybody was talking about it. The launch of M-Pesa, the global success of Ushahidi, and the development of the tech cluster around the iHub established Nairobi as a major destination for foreign multinationals and investors.
All that seems quite some time ago now. There have been no recent notable success stories to match those of M-Pesa and Ushahidi, and even the fabled startup scene is Click here to read entire article