In a speech on Friday during the Madaraka Day SMEs, Cooperatives, Trade, and Revenue Expo at Embu University Grounds, President William Ruto promised to deliver 25,000 free Wi-Fi hotspots across the country. He said this would help micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises to engage in e-commerce and give young Kenyans the opportunity to explore online job opportunities.
The President said the free wireless network will also give young Kenyans the opportunity to explore online job opportunities.
“There are millions of online opportunities our youth can exploit.”
This is not the first time that the government has made such a promise. In 2013, then-President Uhuru Kenyatta promised to provide free Wi-Fi to all public universities and colleges. However, this promise was never fulfilled.
There are a number of reasons to be skeptical of the government’s latest promise. First, the government has a history of making promises that it does not keep. Second, the cost of providing free Wi-Fi to 25,000 hotspots is estimated to be in the billions of shillings. Third, the government has not yet released any details about how it plans to implement this project.
Without more information, it is impossible to say whether the government will actually deliver on its promise of free Wi-Fi hotspots. However, given the government’s track record, it is more likely that this is just another blatant lie.
The government’s failure to deliver on its promises is not only frustrating for Kenyans, but it also has a negative impact on the economy. When businesses and individuals cannot rely on the government to keep its promises, they are less likely to invest and grow their businesses. This, in turn, leads to slower economic growth and fewer jobs.
The government needs to do more to earn the trust of Kenyans. One way to do this is to start by keeping its promises. If the government can show that it is serious about delivering on its promises, it will be more likely to attract investment and create jobs.
In the meantime, Kenyans should be skeptical of any promises made by the government. If the government wants to be taken seriously, it needs to start by keeping its promises.