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Kenya: State House, Nakuru County in Free Wi-Fi Project
Source: Capital FM
Source Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Country: Kenya
Created: Feb 13, 2014

Nairobi — The State House Digital Team has partnered with the Nakuru County Government to provide free Wi-Fi to residents for the next one month.

State House Digital Director Dennis Itumbi who spoke at the launch in Nakuru on Wednesday said the Sh200 million project is a partnership with Infonet Africa.

"Jubilee pledged to connect five towns to free Wi-Fi. The journey to keep the promise has just begun," Itumbi said.

In keeping with President Uhuru Kenyatta's pledge of a digital government, the State House Digital Team also pledged to design and deliver a website and Android App in the near future.

"We are committed to ensure Kenyans, particularly the youth are connected," Itumbi said.

Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua said the county would use the resources to connect farmers to the Internet and improve research in institutions of higher learning.

"We are ready to ensure that our people benefit from connectivity, we are certain we will transform the democratic space and open up opportunities," the Governor said, at the launch also attended by top government officials.

The State House Digital Team is credited for championing the use of new media for official government communication since its formation last year.

State House has occasionally made major announcements through social media, including President Kenyatta's official twitter account which is largely relied by the media and Kenyans in getting information.

On Tuesday, Information and Communication Technology Fred Matiang'i told Capital FM News that the government was committed to ensure that all ministries and government departments are ICT compliant, in line with the President's pledge.

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