he government has expanded the Jitume Digital Program by setting up additional Jitume Digital Labs in Mabera Technical Vocational College in Kuria West and a similar lab at Kendege Technical Training Institute in Kuria East.

“We are determined to ensure this project covers every part of the country to avail equal opportunities to our youth to join the digital economy,” The Information, Communication, Technology, and Digital Economy CS, Eliud Owalo said while launching the two facilities.

Each of the lab has 100 Virtual Digital Infrastructures (VDIs) that include computers with a fast internet connection.

The launch of the 2 labs brings the total Jitume labs inaugurated to 42. Early this week, Mr. Owalo launched a similar lab at the Kenya Coastal National Polytechnic.

The program has seen over 12,000 youths benefit, with over 6,800 virtual desktop infrastructures (VDIs) deployed.

“We have a target of 200 Jitume Centres to be operationalised across the country. We will accelerate the launch to meet our performance contracting target that we signed up the other day,” Eng. John Tanui, PS Ministry of ICT & DE.

To complement the Jitume Centres, the government is also launching 25,000 Wi-Fi hotspots and 1,450 innovation hubs. The CS also officially launched public internet access points known as wi-fi at Isebania, Ntimaru and Kigonga Markets. To augment the digital economy efforts, the government is extending the fibre optic cable infrastructure to cover over 100,000 kilometres across the country.

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