Government leverages technology to fight corruption: CS Owalo

The Government is committed to harnessing digital technology to eradicate corruption among public servants who insist on taking bribes before providing services to citizens, ICT Cabinet Secretary Eliud Owalo has said.

Owalo, who spoke at Bondo Technical Training Institute and Gobei Secondary School in Bondo Sub-County where he launched digital centres, said by leveraging services on the e-citizen platform, the government was removing obstacles that middlemen and corrupt officials were exploiting them to fleece the public.

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“We do not want unnecessary obstacles between Kenyans and the government,” he said, adding “maneno ya hongo tutazika kwenye kaburi la sahau.

He said so far, 16,972 services are available virtually, up from 350 when Kenya Kwanza took over government.

Owalo said the government’s intention was to open 1,450 digital centers across the country, adding that initially, the government focused on technical and vocational training (TVET) centers and technical training institutes.

“In the future, we want to move to the villages while working closely with Members of Parliament who will establish digital centers in the districts.

The CS said that since the inception of the program, 390,000 youth have received training and the government has helped create 139,000 digital jobs for youth.

He urged Kenyans to support the government in carrying out its mandate.

Bondo Member of Parliament Gideon Ochanda has praised the government’s digital agenda and said he, together with the area constituency development fund committee, was ready to hand over his office in Bondo town to turn it into a digital center that allows young people to exploit the digital technology available. jobs.

Former Rarieda MP Nicholas Gumbo challenged young people to be active wealth creators, adding that the days when people left universities to look for jobs were gone.