Power connectivity fee down to Ksh 15,000 effective Wednesday

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Kenyans applying for electricity connectivity from today, Wednesday (March 16th, 2016) will pay 15,000 shillings down from 35,000 shillings to be connected to the power grid.

While making the announcement, Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter, however, said this fee will only apply to power connections within a 600-metre radius from an existing power transformers.

The CS added that Kenya Power has already received 5,000 applications but there will be no refund for those who had already applied and paid 35,000 shillings before Wednesday’s announcement.

In May last year, President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the last mile connectivity for all primary schools and announced an immediate reduction of the connection fee from Ksh 35,000 to Ksh 15,000 payable in installments.

He said a total of 5,320 transformers (40,000 by 2017) would be distributed all over the country to roll out the project and urged Kenyans to take advantage of the project for economic enhancement.

The President said the project, which is funded jointly by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), World Bank, African Development Bank and Danish International Development Agency, was another clear indicator of the Government’s commitment to improve the living standards of all Kenyans, irrespective of their political inclination.

In his New Year message to Kenyans, President Uhuru Kenyatta further highlighted that the government had completed the final phase of connecting government primary schools to electricity.

“This has enabled us to lay a foundation for the delivery of our promise of modern, digital learning in primary schools,” said Kenyatta

“For the first time in our nation’s history, we are also on target to connect one million households to the national grid in a single financial year, and remain on target to connect 70 per cent of Kenyan households to electricity by 2017.”

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