KENYA POWER REITERATES COMMITMENT TO CONNECT MORE PEOPLE TO NATIONAL GRID

NAIROBI, Nov 30 (NNN-KBC) — National power utility Kenya Power has re-iterated its commitment to connecting more people to the national grid.

Its Managing Director, Dr. Ben Chum, says that by the end of 2017, about 70 per cent of the Kenyan population will have been connected to electricity supplies at an affordable fee.

In the last two years, more than 2.2 million people had been able to get access to power connections, he said here over the weekend.

Dr. Chumo, however, noted that the biggest impediment was the cost of connectivity for many Kenyans but was conficent that with the global partnership with the World Bank, this has been a tremendous reduction in costs from the earlier 35,000 shillings (about 340 US dollars) per connection down to 1,000 shillings (about 9.80 USD). — NNN-KBC