November 16, 2018

Safaricom disconnects internet at City Hall, Nairobi

City Hall operations came to a halt after Safaricom disconnected internet services on Wednesday (17/1/18).

Safaricom disconnected the services for more than two hours over a Sh3.2 million debt.

According to the Nairobi’s ICT County Executive Commissioner Charles Kerich, the internet was disconnected at around 9am.

“Yes, our internet was disconnected but it has been restored. We talked to Safaricom to give us until January 31 to clear the bill,” Mr Kerich told a local daily on phone.

Acting County Secretary Leboo Moritant pointed out the disconnection did not completely halt operations as it did not last long.

JamboPay, the company that is contracted to automate collections, noted that though the services were disrupted, civilians were still able to make their payments using their phones.

“All services are available online at epaymenyts.nairobi.go.ke,” JamboPay CEO Danson Muchemi said.

This comes days after Polycarp Igathe resigned as Nairobi Deputy Governor, citing frustrations because he ‘failed to earn the Governor Mike Sonko’s trust’.

Surprisingly, he resigned hours after an interview on Friday  with a local TV station where he appeared to defend their performance.

“Dear Nairobians, it is with a heavy heart that I resign my seat as elected Deputy Governor of Nairobi City County effective 1pm on 31st Jan 2018. I regret I have failed to earn the trust of the Governor to enable me to drive Admin & Management of the county,” he posted on his Twitter account.

“Without fear, favour or ill will I step down to avoid abusing or betraying my oath of office to Kenyans, Nairobians & my family. Thank you for the encouraging support given to me so far,” he added.

Sonko and Igathe won the Nairobi Gubernatorial race, 719,624, votes against Evans Kidero who garnered 576,578 votes in the August 8 2017 General Election.

Prior to joining politics, Igathe served as Managing Director Vivo Energy Kenya.

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