Kitui: A total of 16,868 residents are expected to benefit from enhanced network Connectivity through a program implemented by the Communication Authority of Kenya (CA) under the Universal Service Fund (USF).
The program seeks to facilitate mobile voice connectivity to poorly connected areas in 15 counties (Kitui, Mandera, Wajir, Garissa, Kilifi, Kwale, Kajiado, Bungoma, Samburu,Marsabit, Isiolo, Kajiado, Turkana, Narok and West Pokot) in two phases.
So far, a total of 6330 residents from Kimela, Malewa , Makuka and Malalani Sub-Locations in Kitui East are enjoying better network Connectivity through the program.
This was made possible through the development of necessary infrastructure and provision of requisite services during implementation of the program’s initial phase that was carried out between 2017 and 2018.
Other villages targeted for coverage in the programs second phase include Nguuku in Mumoni Ward, Nthangani in Tharaka and Kasiluni in Ngomeni ward Mwingi North.
USF chairperson Dr. Catherine Ngahu said that one operator has since built a site at Kanthungu that will cover Nthangani village in Tharaka ward while efforts are underway for the construction of a mast at Nyanzae primary school to provide coverage to Kasiluni in Ngomeni ward (Mwingi North)
Through the program, 31 schools in the County have also been connected under the Education broadband project.
CA Director of Communications and public Affairs Chris Wambua said the authority is working with relevant government agencies in addressing insecurity and terror related challenges experienced in various parts of the country.
Some parts of Mwingi North, Mwingi Central, Kitui East and Kitui South constituencies have reported heightened bandit attacks in the recent past.
Inter-ethnic clashes between the local Kamba , Somali and Orma communities have also escalated with competition for pasture and water for livestock reported as the leading cause of animosity.
“CA is committed to ensuring the provision of communications services in all identified gap areas using to help address security concerns in the county” Mr. Wambua said.
“CA is fast-tracking resolution and unlocking of stalemate with county governments and KCAA for site acquisition and approvals” Dr. Ngahu said.