Kshs1.5 Billion Software Needed for Nairobi Data Centre

  • Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko with classmates at Kenya Methodist University Twitter
  • Nairobi County Government needs a software to operate the data centre that was launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2017 at City Hall.

    According to a report on the site visit by the ICT Committee of the Nairobi County Assembly, the centre is still not functional.

    The construction was funded by World Bank to a tune of Kshs1.3 billion and later abandoned under unclear circumstances.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto and Governor Mike Sonko during the launch of the data centre

    At least Kshs1.5 billion is required to purchase VMware and Kshs30 million for ERP application system in order to support its key functions.

    These systems are the key components that can enable operationalisation of all the systems,” stated the ICT committee chairman Osman Adow.

    The centre was built to support electronic payments and reduce the handling of cash, enhance collection and improve service delivery.

    It will also cover functionalities such as revenue management, human resource, procurement, citizen services and specialized departmental functions like fleet management.

    During its launch, the president lauded the county's leadership for rolling out that the technology initiative which will ensure a centralised payment system and urged other counties to emulate Nairobi.

    Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko had told residents that the government would install service centres in all the 43 post offices in Nairobi in order to bring services closer to the people.

    The public will enjoy easy payment solutions from wherever they are, using their computers and mobile phones,” stated Sonko.

    David Bunei, Cisco's GM for East Africa explains how the Data Center works to President Uhuru Kenyatta