Internet will not be shut during elections, says Mucheru

The government has no intention of shutting down the internet during the August 8 General elections like it happened in a neighbouring country.

Information, Communications and Technology CS Joe Mucheru says so far there were no indications that the elections would be held in an atmosphere that would warrant such an extreme measure, but was quick to add that Kenyans should use social media responsibly.

Mucheru said the government reserved the right to take any necessary measures to ensure maintenance of public order, adding that his Ministry was working closely with that of Interior in assessing any possible threats and prepare for any eventuality.

The CS added that the government had no intention of curtailing peoples’ freedom of expression, but cautioned citizens to avoid publishing inflammatory material that may lead to lawlessness.

Mucheru was responding to a question from a journalist while on a tour of schools in Nyeri County on Thursday, where he assessed progress made in the implementation of Digital Literacy Program. He said the last school in the county will be connected to the program by Friday.

The CS observed that all the schools in the country had been connected to power while those that were off-grid had been provided with solar panels to power the laptop project.

He noted that the implementation of the project had been inhibited by the limited capacity of the country’s universities tasked with assembling the learning devices.

The CS said a second science and technology park is due for establishment at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology in Nyeri, with many multinational technology companies having expressed interest in setting up shop at the facility. The park will complement the flagship Konza Technocity that is already being implemented.

Source: Kenya News Agency