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Government to construct Pipeline pump station in Kericho, CS Charles Keter says

By Nikko Tanui | Published Mon, December 26th 2016 at 10:15, Updated December 26th 2016 at 10:23 GMT +3
Energy Cabinet Secretary(CS) Charles Keter. PHOTO: FILE

KERICHO: Energy Cabinet Secretary (CS) Charles Keter has said that the government is assessing the Nairobi-Londiani-Muhuroni –Kisumu pipeline for a place for the construction of a new line.

Speaking at Kaminjewet location in Bureti constituency during the handing over a Sh9M resource centre constructed by the Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC), Keter said the new pipeline will supply petroleum products to Migori County among other adjacent areas.

"The new pipeline will make it easier for our customers to access refined petroleum products. The government will also put a pump station in Kericho County because currently the main tanks are in Kisumu and Nakuru and it's far for our south rift customers," he said.

The Energy CS who was accompanied by KPC managing director Joe Sang, former National Housing Corporation Chairman Sammy Chepkwony and Kericho County Speaker Japheth Mutai, also said that the government will spend Sh1B in Kericho for the Last Mile electricity connection programme.

"When Jubilee came to power in 2013 only 32 per cent of Kericho residents had been connected to the national grid but by June next year, we would have supply the electricity to over 80 per cent of them. I want to say it is not here alone but the entire country," said Keter.

Mr Sang said Kaminjeiwet resource centre was KPC first Community Social Responsibility (CSR) programme in Kericho and they hope that it will improve the quality of learning in the area.

"Affordable and accessible quality education remains the organisation's aim since it what is going to enable the country achieve vision 2030.It is in this line that Kenya Pipeline Company supports the development of learning facilities and physical activities in educational institutions in different parts of the country," said Sang.

Speaking during the same function, Ainamoi Member of Parliament (MP) Benjamin Langat blasted CORD principals Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula for threatening to take their fight with the government to the streets after they lost the fight in parliament.

"Democracy states that the majority have their way and the minority have the say. We wonder what the members of the Opposition don't understand about that," said Langat.

He therefore called on President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President to crack the whip and take action on the members of the Opposition if they break the law during the mass streets protest set to begin in January 4.

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