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Eldama Ravine traders get free Wi-Fi

Traders in Eldama Ravine Town have hailed the government for the connection of free public Wi-Fi at the centre saying it will improve their businesses.

ICT Principal Secretary Eng. John Tanui launched the free Wi-Fi Wednesday at the main public areas of the town including the local market and bus terminus.

Speaking during the function, Eng. Tanui urged the residents to use the internet to better their lives especially in education, agriculture and e-business.

ICT Principal Secretary Eng. John Tanui (centre) speaking to business people after the launch of Free Wi-fi at the Eldama Ravine Town public spaces. He was flanked by the Foreign Affairs PS Abraham korir Sing’oei (Left) and Baringo Governor Benjamin Cheboi (in a beige cap). Photo by Christopher Kiprop.

He revealed that there were four connection points at the town, where over 4000 people can now connect to the internet at any given time and access usage of unlimited speed.

The four initial points will continue to increase as they will use the national government Fibre optic cable, which is currently serving all government offices, across the counties and sub-county headquarters.

A local vendor, Dorothy Kinyua said the new internet connection has enabled them to sell their wares in online platforms.

“We are very delighted with this free Wi-Fi initiative by the government as our businesses will now grow due to the ease of trading over the internet,” she said.

On the other hand, a member of the Matatu association in the town John Kibet also lauded the initiative saying they will now be spending longer hours at the local matatu terminus, watching news and enjoying entertainment through the internet and will no longer be rushing home for the same.

The PS was accompanied by his Foreign affairs and Livestock counterparts Abraham Korir Sing’oei and Harry Kimtai respectively.

Others present include Baringo Governor Benjamin Cheboi, County women representative Florence Jematia, Baringo North MP Joseph Makilap, Data Commissioner Immaculate Kassait, KeRRA Director General Eng. Philemon Kandie and the Koibatek Sub-county deputy county commissioner Omar Ali.

By Christopher Kiprop

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