The Star (Kenya)

En­ergy agency to light up ru­ral homes in Kakamega

The county gov­ern­ment will cater for con­nec­tion fees in part­ner­ship deal

- CALISTUS LUCHETU Business · Energy · Industries · Kenya · Kakamega · Scanwafer · Wycliffe Oparanya

The county gov­ern­ment of Kakamega in part­ner­ship with an en­ergy agency is im­ple­ment­ing a Sh240 mil­lion project to in­stal power in 60 wards.

In the pro­gramme called Match­ing Fund, the county gov­ern­ment has con­trib­uted Sh120 mil­lion and the Ru­ral Elec­tri­fi­ca­tion and Re­new­able En­ergy Cor­po­ra­tion (REREC) has given a sim­i­lar amount.

Kakamega Governor Wy­cliffe Oparanya said the pro­gramme is to en­sure all vil­lages in the county have elec­tric­ity.

“The project will be used by the mwananchi for do­mes­tic and com­mer­cial pur­poses. It will also in­crease se­cu­rity as we tar­get to light up mar­ket places, hos­pi­tals and other pub­lic util­i­ties,” Oparanya said in a meet­ing with REREC of­fi­cials in his of­fice.

The governor said the county gov­ern­ment will cater for con­nec­tion fee.

ALL HOMES TAR­GETED

REREC di­rec­tor Ezekiel Weya said the project has started.

“We came to brief the governor on the progress made so far. My team is tasked with con­nect­ing elec­tric­ity be­cause the county gov­ern­ment has catered for the con­nec­tion fee,” Weya said.

He urged other coun­ties to em­u­late Kakamega.

“Our tar­get is to en­sure all homes have elec­tric­ity. Af­ter con­nec­tion, Kenya Power will pro­vide me­ters and users will pay ac­cord­ing to their us­age,” he said.

Roads ex­ec­u­tive Ge­of­frey Omu­layi said the project will im­prove liveli­hoods in ru­ral ar­eas.

“Un­der the pro­gramme, 60 trans­form­ers will be in­stalled in all the 60 wards,” Omu­layi said.

“Our aim is to im­prove the lives of our peo­ple by en­abling them get con­nected to elec­tric­ity for do­mes­tic and com­mer­cial use.”

 ?? / FILE ?? Julius Kipng’etich turns on the light in his home in Ko­bos
/ FILE Julius Kipng’etich turns on the light in his home in Ko­bos
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