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Chiefs urged to utilise social media

23 August 2013, 15:32 Arap Yego

Bungoma - Members of the local administration in Bungoma have been advised to embrace modern methods of communication to increase their interactions with members of the public in their respective areas of jurisdiction.

Speaking to the media at his office, Bungoma County Commissioner Maalim Mohamed said the work of the administrators, especially chiefs and their assistants, would be easier if they embraced modern means of communication and also if make use of the social media.

“Chiefs and their assistants at this time should not solely rely on public interactive forums as an avenue of interacting with locals. It is instructive that they upgrade as a result of the technological advancements and utilise social media forums like Twitter and Facebook where they can easily glean information from,” said Mohamed.  

The County Commissioner noted that many youthful people in the country hardly attend the interactive public barazas called by the administrators and that the forums are always flocked by the elderly people.

He however said that the youth, who make the bulk of the social media users, are an integral part of the society and cannot be snubbed.

“This important group cannot be wished away. The only way to interact with them and get their input on pertinent issues affecting the community is for my officers to be IT compliant,” said the County Commissioner, whose Twitter handle is @m_maalim. He is also an avid user the popular Whatsapp forum that is available on Android Smartphones.

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