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Did Governor Ndathi's Facebook account cost KES 1.2 million?

17 September 2015, 08:14 Joseph Njung'eh

Kirinyaga - Kirinyaga Governor, Joseph Ndathi has denied claims that his Facebook account was opened at a cost of KES 1.2 million.

Ndathi however admitted that a contractor, On-Mobi Kenya, was hired for management of his Social Media channels -  Facebook, Twitter, Scribd and County Website.

“I know that opening a Facebook page or account is free and with my experience, I am not that naive to allow such an action,” said Ndathi.

Auditor General Edward Ouko reported that in the 2013/14 financial year, Kirinyaga government paid On-Mobi Kenya KES 1 231 280 for the services following a contract agreement that was signed on October 9, 2013.

Ndathi reverted by saying that the services were procured during the transition period when the County had no ICT officers.

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“The terms of reference for the contract included ... videos coverage, photography and uploads in real time,” Ndathi explained.

He stated that the contract has since expired following the hiring of two directors for ICT and Communications in April 2014.

“This is the digital era where social media is an important communication channel that cannot be ignored by individuals, governments and corporates.

The Kirinyaga County Government cannot be left behind and must out of necessity make use of these channels to communicate, collect feedback, update residents on development projects, share job and investment opportunities, tenders, public notices and announcements,” he observed.

Ndathi added that his social media accounts have promoted openness and increased participation by those living in the Diaspora.

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