The government intends to establish 25,000 hot spots countrywide

The government has launched free wifi at Migingo market in Bondo Subcounty.

The public hot spot will provide free access to Wi-Fi services to small-scale traders in the market to enhance trade across digital platforms.

Speaking during the launch, ICT and Digital economy CS Mr.Eliud Owalo said the launch is in line with the governments' plan of providing access to internet by members of the public across the country.

Mr Owalo disclosed that the government plans to establish 25,000 public hot spots zones countrywide to encourage access to internet.

He said the launch comes at a time when the government is paying unprecedented attention to improve every sector of the economy where access to stable internet connectivity has been earmarked as an integral enabler.

The ICT CS further stated that the success of the recently launched hustler fund depends on functional digital technology everywhere in the country.

"My ministry is focused on ensuring the availability of digital technology to all Kenyans regardless of the social economic status in accordance to digital economy blueprint " Owalo said

"Both Free Wi-Fi and hustler fund are promises by President William Ruto to empower people are below in the social pyramid" he added.

The ICT boss said the year 2023 will be marked by access to free internet by most Kenyans urging the people of Nyanza to take full advantage of both the free internet and hustler funds to boost their economic livelihoods.

"Those who boarded the boat earlier are already reaping huge benefits. The choice before us is to move with the rest of the country or to be left behind" He told the people of Nyanza.

He further revealed that the government is not only committed to ensure the laying of 1,500 kilometers of fibre optics but also everyone is connected to internet superhighway where they can benefit from the numerous online opportunities.

The CS who was flanked by Bondo MP Gideon Ochanda and a host of other local leaders defended his food distribution exercises in Nyanza which has come under sharp criticism from a section of local leaders saying it is quite insensitive to provide free wi-fi to hungry people adding that even as he provides free internet connectivity he will continue with free food distribution in the region.

Dr Ochanda said he fully supports governments' initiatives to improve lives of the people and asked leaders to shun politics and focus on development.

"This is the time to focus on improving the lives of our people. I fully support the government and Mr Owalo efforts to improve the lives of our people. Election ended and we must now shun partisan politics".Said Ochanda.

He on the other hand encouraged the public to embrace the free Wi-Fi services and use it to improve their lives.

"We are now moving into paperless economy.Everything will be done digitally and therefore our people need to embrace trading digitally." he said.

The legislature warned traders against using the service negatively.

The occasion was attended by officials from ICT authority and provincial administrators.

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