More Kenyans to get connected in the second phase of Last Mile project.

By Viscount Francis K’Owuor,
November 11th, 2017,
More Kenyans are set to benefit from electricity connection in the second phase of the Last Mile Connectivity Project by Kenya Power. The project is jointly funded by the World Bank and the African Development Bank at a cost of $300 million (Sh31.08 billion).
The phase which will take about  18 months is expected to increase Kenya Power’s customer base by 1.5 million new households. By June 2017,  6.18 million households were already connected, representing about  70 percent of the country’s connectivity access rate.
“We will continue to grow our customer base and venture into new frontiers. The connectivity drive is aimed at increasing revenue to sustain our business and promote socio-economic development,” Kenya Power chief executive Ken Tarus.
The CEO  appealed to the contractors to maximise on use of local resources, including materials and labor.
“We want to encourage the contractors, both local and foreign, to utilize readily available materials in the country,” Tarus said. “I want to see as much of this Sh30 billion remain within the borders of this country.”
The electricity distributor yesterday signed a total of 23 contracts for the rural and informal settlement electrification initiative, which is a Vision 2030 flagship project.
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