JKUAT and Moi win Sh17bn Laptops deal

Moi University and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology have won the Sh17 billion laptop tender.

Tuesday February 9 2016

Pupils try their hands at laptops. Moi

Pupils try their hands at laptops. Moi University and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology (JKUAT) have won the Sh17 billion laptop tender to supply laptops to primary schools in all counties. FILE PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By LILIAN OCHIENG'
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Moi University and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology (JKUAT) have won the Sh17 billion laptop tender to supply laptops to primary schools in all counties.

The consortium of Moi University and South African research and investing firm JP SA Couto will oversee the supply, installation and commissioning of the digital learning solution for schools in 26 counties.

On the other hand, JKUAT together with its partner Positivo BGH will supply and install the laptops in 21 counties.

“This is a major milestone towards the implementation of the Digital Literacy Programme. We will now move to the proof of concept in 150 schools across the country,” said acting ICT Authority CEO Robert Mugo.

DEMONSTRATE THEIR ABILITY

The two winning suppliers will first demonstrate their ability by connecting 150 selected urban, peri-urban and rural schools across the 47 counties. An additional nine schools are allotted to Special Education Schools.

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Moi University and JKUAT beat the Kenyatta University & BRCK Ltd/Guangzhou Institute of Technology consortium, the Multimedia University consortium which consists of Symphony Technologies Limited & Equity Holding Group together with Tsinghua TongFang co Ltd.

Big technology firms such as Hewlett Packard which contested alone and Lenovo, which was in a group with Trans Business Machine, Specicom & Ensure Services lost the race. Huawei Technologies together with University of Nairobi also fell short of the set requirements.

Also locked out of participation after failing to meet the targets is Dedan Kimathi University of Technology & Meru University of Science and Technology/Participatia Technologia.

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