Energy Minister Charles Keter officially launched the Last Mile Connectivity Project in Murang’a County and commissioned several transformer and power connectivity in Kandara and Kigumo Constituencies.
Speaking at Kariaini Village in Naaro, Kandara Constituency, Ketersaid that the project waspart of the Jubilee Government promise to boost electricity power connectivity, improve last-mile grid connectivity and take steps to increase demand for electricity as many poor Kenyans as possible.
“Since independence, Murang’a County has had only 40,000 people connected to the national grid. However, in the last 3 years, the government has been able to connect 100,000 households with electricity. We are here today to commission this transformer that will connect 113 households with electricity in the next two weeks at a cost of sh. 4.8million,” said Keter in Naaro.
He notified the residents that the cost for installation of electricity had been dropped from KSh35,000 to only KSh15,000 so as to speed up the government’s agenda to have at least 70% of Kenyan households connected to electricity by 2017.Currently, Keter said, the electricity connection in the country was 55% up from 27% in 2013.
He added that those who were unable to pay the KSh15,000 at one go would still get connected and have the option of making their payment by instalments through their bills.He said that KPLC contractors on the ground would ensure that all households near these transformers were connected to power whether the owners have made applications or not.
“Our contractors will come knocking on your doors asking you to allow them to connect your households to electricity.When any of you makes a request to be connected, that single application will serve as a basis to install electricity in all neighbouring homes.The Ministry of Energy has come up with designs that will enable households that do not have internal wiring in their houses to use electricity by providing a ‘ready board'” said the Minister.
The ready board has switches, sockets and bulb holders and those who do not have wiring in their houses will be able to use electricity soon as they are connected.
He asked the beneficiaries to take full advantage of the connection to make business and increase productivity in their areas.
“Make use of this electricity to become busy with workby creating job opportunities tour people participate in growing the economy, become more productive and wealthier,” he said.
He promised to install more transformers in Mathuri, Kibuu Nursery and Kianjoga of Naaro Location and several other places in Kariua Division.
Area MP Alice MuthoniWahome lamented that her constituency was ranked the last in electricity connectivity in Murang’a County at 31% hence appealed to the minister to commission more transformers in the area so as to benefit the people. She thanked the Jubilee Government under the stewardship of President Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto for their good work especially to the people of Kandara Constituency.
“I would like to thank the president and his deputy on behalf of the people of Kandara for the connectivity to the National Grid. By 2013, only about 600 homes had electricity but under the stewardship of the president and his deputy, we can comfortably say that more than 2000 households are now connected to electricity,” said the MP.
After commissioning the two projects in Kandara Constituency, the minister flew to Kigumo and Kieni Constituencies for the same mission.
Present at the occasion were MPs JamleckKamau (Kigumo), KaniniKega (Kieni) and NjorogeChege (Kasarani). Others were the PS State Department of Energy Eng. Joseph Njoroge, His counterpartin the State Department Of PetroleumAndrew N. Kamau,Murang’a County Commissioner and other local leaders.
By James Wakahiu