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Why Kenyans are not impressed with Parliament’s push for Wi-Fi

The precincts of Parliament buildings in Nairobi. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE
The precincts of Parliament buildings in Nairobi. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE
The online community has termed the proposal as a case of misplaced priorities, saying Kenyans need basic amenities first.

Nominated MP Godfrey Osotsi has tabled a motion in Parliament to have all Kenyans across the country provided with free secure Wi-Fi.

Osotsi’s motion was overwhelmingly supported on Wednesday in the National Assembly.

The nominated legislator said he presented the motion after recognizing that digitization of government services was inevitable and all Kenyans needed internet access.

“Internet is key in our daily lives, in fact we are now in an era called the internet of things where internet is going to drive our lives,” he said.

WI-FI ZONES

Osotsi gave an example of the e citizen platform on which government services are available saying common wananchi’s needed access.

On the issue of the cost implication, the legislator said the proposal factors the need for private-public partnerships like the ones done by some county government to provide Wi-Fi zones in some counties.

Nakuru and Kiambu are some of the counties that introduced the zones in partnership with internet providers.

Kenyans online are however terming Osotsi’s proposal as a case of misplaced priorities saying Kenyans need basic amenities first and that smartphone acquisition in the country is still low.

NO THANK YOU

Eve Munyi commented, “Really now? Wth Wametengeneza hospitals ama ni free WiFi wanaona.”

Renson Simiyu wrote, “NO. Let the gvt spend that money in repaying the pending China debts.”

Ian Josphart Mabale stated, “YES. We want free WiFi networks where we can download food, medical facilities, education, security and jobs nkt.”

Phil Mkenya Muoki added, “Free WiFi means more hours spent on social media than actual income generation. Those who need WiFi for their work can afford it, most of our colleges and universities have free WiFi.”

Guchu Mwai commented, “Our MPs hakuna ujinga ingine wamebakisha kutuonyesha na ata mwaka haujaisha after we voted them in….😒😟…Lord come for your people please.”

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EVELYNE MUSAMBI

Evelyne Musambi is a web reporter for Nairobi News. She is a trained journalist and is passionate about human interest stories. Follow her on twitter



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