President Uhuru Kenyatta has said that from now henceforth, it will be a must for all government computers to be procured from local digital assembly plants in Juja and Eldoret.
This is to promote Kenyan products and also provide employment opportunities to the Kenyan youth.
The president declared this during the launch of Bidco’s new industrial park at Ruiru town on Thursday.
The assembly plants are: Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and Moi University Technologies digital assembly plants.
The two have also been contracted to assemble mobile devices which will be used in the national census in August.
“The university has been contracted by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics to assemble and deliver 67,234 Mobile Devices, 51,028 Power Banks and 10,000 Solar Chargers. The process involves assembly, configuration and delivery of Tablets in Twenty Two (22) Counties in Kenya,” reads an excerpt from Moi University’s website.
The mobile devices will facilitate the digital storage of data during the census on their servers. This will enable KNBS to conduct a paperless census for the first time.