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Nakuru's failed multi-million wi-fi project in court

23 September 2014, 20:59 Chepkwony robert

Nakuru - The state was on Monday granted a final 30 days by a Nakuru High court to respond to allegations of exploitation of public funds in the installation of the unsuccessful Wi-Fi project in the county.

Judge Abigael Mshila gave the directions after the state counsel Yvonne Khatambi asked for more time to file an affidavit in response to the allegations.

Khatambi noted that she had not received any instructions to date on the way forward from the Attorney General and requested for a last adjournment.

Judge Mshila gave a mention date on November 11 for the purposes of fixing a hearing date of the case.

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However the Nakuru county government seeks to be struck out of the case citing that the project was initiated by the state and their duty was to make sure it got implemented.

Through lawyer Tom Ojienda, the county government said that the government should be the one compelled to explain the breakdown of the expenditure.

They noted that the project was undertaken at the insistence of state house and that the county government never provided any funds for it.

Counties Efficiency and Development (CDEV), Law Society of Kenya-Rif valley and Nakuru East MP David Gikaria have sued the county government regarding an ambitious free wi-fi project that failed a few hours following its launch.

The wifi project which was launched in Nakuru in March this year was fronted by State House director for Digital communication Dennis Itumbi in partnership with Nakuru county government.

The applicants want the county government compelled to provide information relating to use of KES 300 million which was spent on the failed project.

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