Electricity connection now Sh1,160

Kenyans with no electricity have a reason to smile as they will now be required to contribute only Sh1,160 for power to be connected.

Kenya Power Chief Executive Officer Dr Ben Chumo said the company has partnered with the World Bank to ensure majority of Kenyans have access to electricity.

The programme dubbed Global Partnership on Output Based Aid will see Kenyans living in informal settlements in urban centres and those in rural areas being connected.

Speaking at Kiganjo Polytechnic Grounds in Gatundu South over the weekend when he launched the programme, Dr Chumo said the programme targets the needy who could not afford to raise the current Sh35,000 for power connection.

"We want to put a smile on the less fortunate in the society this new year courtesy of this project. They will only be required to do wiring in their houses," said Chumo.

Under the programme the World Bank will contribute Sh19,350, Kenya Power Sh11,970 while the consumers will contribute Sh1,160.

The CEO said with the electricity, security will be enhanced in slums since it would light up the areas.

Area MP Moses Kuria told locals to take advantage of the highly subsidised power connection rates to have their homes connected to power.

Start businesses

Mr Kuria said power connection would help uplift the economic standard of locals.

"With the power, a lot of businesses will mushroom. I call on the many jobless youth to take advantage and start small businesses like welding, salons among others in order to uplift their living standards," said Kuria.

He said all public primary and secondary schools in the constituency have already been connected to power, adding that they are seeking to connect all homes in the constituency by March.

Residents thanked Kenya Power for coming up with the subsidised power connection programme.

"Having electricity in our homes was beyond our imagination. We never even entertained the idea since we could not afford it. It was beyond our means but thank God that we now have it courtesy of Kenya Power," said Serah Wangui a beneficiary.