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Government to Improve Internet in ‘Secluded’ Counties

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The GOVERNMENT has started a program to improve the internet in 12 counties, to facilitate access to government services.

The programme, run by the Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology (ICT), is under the Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK) and is funded through the Universal Service Fund (USF).

The program targets the counties of Kajiado, Kwale, Kilifi, Tana River, Garissa, Wajir, Isiolo, Marsabit, Mandera, Turkana, Baringo among others. On Friday (January 5, 2024), officials of the authority, led by the Secretary in the Ministry of ICT, Mr Eric Kiraithe, began activities to assess the areas where the program will be implemented in Kajiado County.

Eight sub-counties in the county are set to benefit from the program, to strengthen security and government services. Many residents in the areas designated to benefit from the program, have been forced to go far to find signal to make calls.

It is a situation that has been costing them a lot of money. Mr Kiraithe said that the project is part of several initiatives funded by USF, operating in 12 counties, some of whose areas do not have a telephone network.

“It is the President’s order that all government services should be provided online to reach citizens. It is a citizen’s Constitutional right to get information. It is the responsibility of the government to ensure that all people are served in the same way; whether in urban or rural areas,” said Mr Kiraithe.

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