Kenya’s Anticipated Launch Of Wi-Fi Project In Nakuru County Still Ongoing
The Ksh. 200 million ($2.3 million) Wi-Fi project that was expected to be rolled-out in Nakuru County in Kenya faced several glitches including some network coverage hitches. However, the county government have come out to assure the Nakuru residents that the project is still ongoing and will be fully rolled-out around the Nakuru’s CBD by this year August, 2014.
This comes after there have been several allegation by various interest groups that the county government had misappropriated the funds set aside for the Wi-Fi project. The group have gone as far as filing a lawsuit against the county government, while demanding that the county government account for all the funds allocated for the project.
Nakuru residents have also aired their complaints on the poor internet connection speed and a complete negligence by their county government in making sure that the Wi-Fi signal covers the 10-kilometre radius as was originally intended. Stakeholders have criticized the project as lacking expertise, equipment and with poor connection.
The Wi-Fi project was intended to make county governance in Nakuru and its environs simpler, by empowering public participation via social media and the county government’s website. However, the State House digital team project and the county government are yet to give funds to facilitate the roll-out of the project.
There are other reports that say, State House Digital Media, headed by Dennis Itumbi are planning on involving Canadian experts in the installation of the Wi-Fi in Nakuru town as well as other towns in Kenya.