Kwale County government has approved the allocation of land for the construction of a transmitter station to boost Kenya Broadcasting Corporation’s digital television network coverage in the region.
The deal was sealed in Kwale town following a meeting between senior officials from the Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology and their county counterparts led by the Lands Executive Mr. Ali Mafimbo.
While assenting to the request for a half-an-acre piece of land at Kiruku Hill, Kikoneni, in Lungalunga Sub-county, Mr. Mafimbo lauded the national broadcaster for choosing the county to host the project.
We cannot as a county refuse to offer you the land since the intended project will greatly benefit our people in terms of enhanced television reception, said Mr. Mafimbo who was accompanied by the County Lands Chief Officer Mr. Mohammed Pakia.
The Head of KBC’s Technical Services Mr. Samuel Ngugi thanked the county government for honouring their request saying work will commence immediately on the site.
Mr. Ngugi said the equipment was ready for installation and that a total of 10 sites countrywide are earmarked for the project as part of the corporation’s on-going efforts to expand its digital network roll out under the Digital Terrestrial Television Coverage programme.
The other sites are in Lamu, Wajir, Lodwar, Kitui, Narok, Lokichogio, Mbui-Nzau, Maralal, and Marsabit.
The programme is being funded through Euros 10, 388,903 loan from the Spanish government, according to the project implementation committee Deputy Manager Mr. James Simiyu.
Source: Kenya News Agency