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Kenya’s Elgeyo Marakwet County to set up own Radio and TV Station

Kenyan county of Elgeyo Marakwet’s executive has announced the region’s plan to launch a radio and TV station to teach the public on issues of development.

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Governor Alex Tolgos announced the plan during the launch of the county’s digital operations Wednesday. Also present at the event was his deputy Gabriel Lamaon.

According to Tolgos, each resident is entitled to information and his government will make sure that residents are aware of every activity being undertaken. The county has also launched a newspaper.

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“The most excellent way to engage the public in development is to first empower them with information. As soon as they are involved, they will be able to take part in every activity,” Tolgos stated.

Monicah Rotich, the county’s ICT spokesperson, said all revenue would be picked up via the pay bill number 827600. Once the fiber optic cable begins to function, they will fix a screen in Iten town, which will pass information to the public.

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“This automated system will make all transactions within the county easier as well as enable residents access fast services,” Tolgos stated.

He further stated: “The county government will put up ICT centers in Marakwet West, Keiyo South, Keiyo North and Marakwet East subcounties. This will enable our residents and youth access information easily and the electronic systems will help the county eliminate corruption in its every operation.”

Last month, Tolgos visited all villages within the county to launch a detailed development program focusing on major needs for every subcounty.

The Public Service Board was the first to adopt the digital system where residents can now apply for jobs online. Additionally, the county’s Revenue department has already gone digital.

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