Kenya: REREC To Spend KSh 2.1 Billion To Provide 14,500 Households With Electricity In Mt. Kenya


Over 14,000 households and public facilities including schools, hospitals and markets in the Mount Kenya Region in the Republic of Kenya are expected to be connected to the national Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Corporation (REREC).

REREC is hoping to spend KSh2.1 billion under the programme.

The counties slated to benefit from the programme include Murang’a, Kirinyaga, Kiambu, Nyeri, Embu, Meru, Isiolo, Tharaka Nithi and Marsabit.
In Murang’a, more than 6,000 households in rural areas are set to be connected to electricity in the drive.

“Sh434 million will be used in Murang’a County, where 87 power projects are being implemented to attain last-mile electricity connections.

“The projects are at various stages of completion, and by the next financial year, all the slated 6,000 households will be connected to electricity,” REREC Director Mark Nderitu said during the weekend.

The director underscored the government’s commitment to attaining 100 per cent power connection shortly.

Electricity, he noted, would spur social and economic development in rural areas, saying education would benefit as students would get more time for studies.

“The power connection will go a long way in improving people’s lives, especially those in rural areas. Access to electric power at markets, hospitals and other social amenities will increase working hours,” he added.

Nderitu continued, “Residents will now be able to make use of technology and fit their homes with appliances that will make their lives easier, and children will no longer depend on kerosene lamps to do their homework.”

On the Rugongo Ruraya power project which serves residents in tea-growing areas of Kigumo, the director revealed that 785 households are set to be connected.

“In the first phase of this Kigumo project, 270 households would get connected, and in the second phase, slated to commence the next financial year, 515 homes would be linked to electric power,” he remarked.

Tea farmers, the Director added, would benefit hugely from the power connection as they were unable to sell their green leaf at night, thus, incurring huge losses.

“Tea farmers from this region were unable to sell their produce at the tea buying centre at night and would lose kilos, but with power, they can sell their tea at any time.

The installation of electricity has transformed their lives,” he stated.

Nderitu urged various development partners, including the National-Government Constituency Development Fund (NGCDF) and county governments, to allocate funds and support electrification programmes to accelerate rural electrification in priority areas.

Meanwhile, Nderitu decried increased vandals of power infrastructure, saying they have been a major setback to the government’s bid to improve power connectivity in the last few years.

“Sometimes, we launch a project, and in a week, vandals come in and steal the cables and poles. Luckily, police units have been set up in various areas to stem the vandalism and we appeal to members of the public to guard the infrastructure as their assets because they suffer the most when it is vandalised,” said the Director.