Villagers in various parts of the country are excited with new lease of life that the Last Mile Connectivity Program (LMCP) has brought to the rural areas.
Recently, joy greeted the home of Mama Kanono of Marmati ward in Tharaka Constituency when the Cabinet Secretary for Energy and Petroleum Hon. Charles Keter entered her house to switch on electricity in her house, the ever first time the village was powered.
Mama Kanono would not hide her joy as she saw light in her house for the first time in her lifetime of over 100 years.
“Thank you my son, this is wonderful. I would have died before I would see the modern light shine in my house. Go and tell President Uhuru, I am very very happy,” said Mama Kanono who villagers believe is the oldest woman in Kenya with her age estimate to be 130 years old.
The story was duplicated to many other villagers who saw electricity in their houses as unbelievable achievement in their lives.
In Giampapo village, it was all joy for Joyce Ntingui of as CS Keter lit her semi-permanent house to mark the official launch of the last Mile Electricity Connectivity Program in Chuka Constituency. Mr. Keter was accompanied by the local Member of Parliament Hon. Muthoni Njuki.
Far from Chuka in the former Eastern Province, the people of Mauche in Nakuru County and those in Chemosot, Bomet East, Mogogosiek and Mengwet in Bomet County have thanked the Government for its endeavours to provide them with clean and affordable energy under the Last Mile Connectivity program.
“I have never dreamt of ever having electricity in my house, this is a miracle – it is a dream.” These were the words of Alice Bwogo of Mauche village, similar to those expressed by Mary Wambui of Ngwataniru village in Njoro.
In Chuka, Hon. Keter said: “ we are delivering on the Government promise to bring electricity closer to homes and improving livelihoods.” He added: “connecting electricity to households was a Government plan to give Kenyans the opportunity to utilize power for domestic and business purposes.”
Hon. Keter said over 15 million shillings had been set aside specifically to implement the Last Mile Project in Tharaka Nithi County where 3,500 households have so far been connected.
Hon. Keter said his Ministry was undertaking ambitious plans to ensure that the country achieves universal access to electrity by 2020.