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ICT CS asks counties to allow internet connectivity

14 March 2016, 18:49 Joseph Njunge’h

Nairobi - Cabinet Secretary in charge of ICT, Joe Mucheru has asked counties to give free way to internet fibre optic cables in the Last Mile Connectivity project.

Mucheru said Nyandarua, Kwale and Kaijiando counties have opposed and denied their institutions access to internet.

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“These counties risk been left behind in terms of technology if they continue blocking development,” said Mucheru.

He however expressed optimisms that the three Counties will change their stand pointing out that Laikipia also allowed the fibre cables to pass through untaxed.

Mucheru said the government is committed to ensure all Counties are connected with internet.

He added that public primary schools in the country will be connected to internet by end of this year.

“We are starting with 150 schools as pilot project. This is in line with the Laptop project. Interior Ministry will provide security to the schools,” he noted.

He stated that the Last Mile Internet Connectivity project is being supported by both Senate and National Assembly since it will also connect both levels of government to the IFMIS system.

The CS was speaking at Kimathi PCEA church in Nyeri County where he was accompanied by area Senator Mutahi Kagwe.

Kagwe, who is also Senate chairman of ICT Committee, said Senate is formulating laws that will in future give fibre internet cables leeway in the Counties.

He asked County governments to work with the private sector to ensure all institutions including hospitals are connected to the internet to ease communication.

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