According to the Energy Principal Secretary Eng. Joseph Njoroge, the Government has mobilized over Ksh. 60billion from Development Partners to supply clean and affordable energy to all Kenyans under the Last Mile Connectivity Program. The aim of this program is to spur socio-economic development and enhance security across the country.
Eng. Njoroge disclosed that World Bank and African Development Bank were among the financiers of LMCP with each institution providing Ksh. 15 billion. He said under the program, over 1.2 million households will benefit annually for the next three years.
PS Njoroge said LMCP was being implemented in three phases with Phase 1 targeting to connect 3.4 Kenyans whose homes are located near transformers. Phase II will increase the number of transformers while Phase III will target reaching off-grid areas.
“We have reduced connection application rates to Ksh.15,000, to be paid in a payment arrangement spread over several months,” said the PS, adding that the move was meant to enhance equality among Kenyans in the use of electricity as envisaged in Article 10 of the Constitution, besides enabling citizens to engage in more development endeavours.
“It does not matter whether you live in a permanent or a mud house, Kenyans have equal lights to access electricity services,” said PS Njoroje, calling on the citizens to support efforts by the Government to build the nation.