Kenya: Residents disappointed as free Wi-Fi connection in Nakuru fails


The recent launch of free Wi-Fi for Nakuru town was spectacular. Residents' excitement was palpable as Nakuru was poised to join a club of a select few towns in the world with free Internet.

Eager to enjoy free Internet, majority of residents frantically called the county government and media houses to enquire how they could access it. Nakuru town had joined Kigali, Rwanda and the City of Tshwane in South Africa as three cities in Africa with free Wi-Fi connection.

Excitement, however, turned to despair after the tech-savvy residents realised they could not access the much-hyped service barely a day after its colourful launch.

The hitches being experienced in executing the noble initiative threaten to leave County Government officials and State House Digital team Director Dennis Itumbi with egg on their face.

Students have expressed frustration over the project's failure to take off. 'They have been saying it is just a small hitch, but I have never been able to access Internet since its launch,' a college student, Martha Wanjiku said. Like most other residents, she said though the signal of the Nakuru Bila Waya sectors has been appearing on her mobile phone, there was no Internet connectivity. 'The signals are there, but access is almost impossible, as most of the time they are out of range,' she said.