ICT CS Launches Government-Sponsored Free Public Hotspot in Ahero Market, Promising Internet Connectivity for All

On Wednesday, the Cabinet Secretary for ICT in Kenya, Eliud Owalo, launched a free public hotspot in Ahero Market, located in the Kisumu county. This move is part of the government’s ongoing effort to provide internet connectivity to all Kenyans, as outlined in the Kenya Kwanza development plan.

During the launch, Owalo emphasized the importance of staying connected in today’s rapidly changing world, stating, “we are living in very fast changing times and the world is going through the Fourth Industrial Revolution. And revolutions don’t wait for anybody.” He went on to remind attendees of how much the world has changed in recent decades, saying, “it is already difficult to believe that sending a letter from Ahero to Mombasa used to take as long as seven to ten days. The typewriter is a thing of the past.”

The government plans to provide 25,000 hotspots to the public, with a particular focus on those at the bottom of the economic pyramid. This will ensure that all members of the community have access to the internet and the opportunity to participate in the digital economy.

The launch was attended by a number of leaders and local officials, including Kisumu Deputy Governor Mathew Owili, Professor PLO Lumumba, and former Governor Jack Ranguma. Other attendees included UDA Regional Coordinators, local MCAs, and members of the community such as Tony Yogo Yogo, Valentine Anyango, and Elizabeth Sila.

Overall, the launch of the free public hotspot in Ahero Market is a welcome step towards increasing internet connectivity and bridging the digital divide in Kenya. As Owalo said, “we recognise that we are living in very fast changing times. The world is going through the Fourth Industrial Revolution. And revolutions don’t wait for anybody.” It is important for all members of society to have access to the internet and the opportunities it provides, and the government’s commitment to providing 25,000 hotspots is a crucial step towards achieving this goal.

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