, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 22- Newly appointed Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter has warned investors holding dormant power project licenses that they will be withdrawn if they won’t implement those projects.
Keter who took over office Tuesday morning says most of stalled project could contribute greatly to cheaper power in the country if implemented within the given timelines.
“If they have been having those licenses and have not utilised, we will work it, we will revoke them. We will not spare anybody. Why should we give somebody a license for so many years or for so many months? I am warning them in advance,” Keter talked tough on his first day in office.
While receiving the docket from the acting Energy CS Henry Rotich, Keter said his main focus will be to lay short term and long term of how to implement the numerous energy projects a plan come January 2016.
“If they have started any activity let them do it because we want cheap power. But we don’t want people who are like middle men who just not moving forward,” he said.
He takes over at a time when the government is encouraging investment in renewable energy technologies including solar, geothermal and wind, all of which can will help plug the energy shortfall in the country.
Keter says he will be keen to facilitate in the delivery of the 5,000MW needed by 2017 to meet Kenya’s energy needs.
“As you are aware the Jubilee plan is to have the 5000MW soonest and I want to say that I will speed it up,” he assured, pledging his fight against corruption deals in one of the crucial Ministry.
Keter replaces former Energy CS Davis Chirchir who was among five Cabinet Secretaries fired by President Uhuru Kenyatta this year after being associated with several graft activity.
Keter will be supported by two Principal Secretaries who are Eng Joseph Njoroge for Energy and Andrew Kamau joins as the Petroleum PS.