Kenya: Govt to Extend Internet Connectivity to Insecurity Prone Areas

Kabarnet — The National government has said it will extend fiber internet connectivity to reach all insecurity prone areas in the North Rift region.

Principal Secretary for Information, Communication and Digital Economy John Tanui said his department will team up with the private sector and other development partners to connect the six affected counties of Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet, Turkana, West Pokot, Samburu and Laikipia with fiber internet.

Eng. Tanui who spoke when he launched JITUME Digital laboratory at Kapchepkor Technical Training Institute in Baringo North Sub- County, Friday, underscored the need of internet and mobile coverage which he said will assist in timely conveying of information in a region faced with banditry and cattle rustling challenge.

“We have planned and sent a team of experts and they have surveyed and identified the exact spots where the internet connectivity as well as mobile phone masts will be set,” Tanui said.

He noted that the government is working on modalities to extend broadband connectivity by road which is currently at Emining in Mogotio Sub County and it will extend to Marigat, Mukutani and link up with neighbouring counties of Laikipia, Samburu, Turkana and West Pokot.

The PS who also encouraged the youth to embrace the Jitume programme said it will support them to tap opportunities beyond the country now that white collar jobs are hard to come by.

Baringo North MP Joseph Makilap noted that insecurity rocking the sub-county was a major hindrance to development but said he is hopeful that the current government will sort out the challenge for once.

He called on the youths to make good use of such centres in his constituency so that they can earn for themselves income and in turn improve their livelihoods.

“I am urging all our youths to enroll in Jitume since it is a hub where they can do programs and assignments and at the end they can earn a living out of it,” said Makilap.