Shs. 3.7 billion power upgrade project for Garissa

The Shs. 3.7 billion electric-power project that will connect Garissa town and its environs to the national grid will be completed by March this year.

According to the National Assembly Majority Leader, Aden Duale, President Uhuru Kenyatta will officially launch the project that will address the chronic power outages in Garissa town.

Garissa, Wajir and Mandera towns are powered by KenGen diesel generators that are costly to run and maintain.

Duale who is also Garissa Town MP was speaking when he visited various sites of the ongoing projects. The upgrade of powerlines has already been completed between Kindaruma, Mwingi and Bangale.

The upgrade is expected to resume after Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (KETRACO) and residents resolved a dispute regarding compensation.

Duale who was accompanied by KETRACO officials said that once the power is connected, more area residents will not only be connected but will access cheap power supply.

“The power supply will transform the connectivity and power of North Eastern region”, he said.

The Majority Leader termed the project as one of “the biggest achievements of the Jubilee administration for the residents of Northern Kenya.”

KETRACO acting CEO, Fernandez Baraza said that the government was looking for funds from various financial partners noting that once the funds are available two lines from Garsen to Bura and another from Garissa to Wajir through Habaswein will commence.

By Jacob Songok