, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 4 – Contractors implementing the initial phase of the Last Mile Connectivity project have been directed to complete their work of connecting the 314,000 households by end of April next year.
Speaking during a project review on Thursday, Kenya Power Managing Director Ben Chumo said last the project contractors who complete their work on time will be given priority in the next phase of the Sh63.5 billion project.
“There will be no room for failure in the execution of this project. Let us all work towards completing the project by end of April ahead of the contract deadline of June,” Chumo said.
He said the much awaited government-led Last Mile project has started to gain momentum with contractors on sites extending power lines from the identified 5,320 transformers in different parts of the country.
“Local contractors will be given priority in the next phase. However, this will highly be determined by how well you complete your work in this phase,” he reiterated.
The Last Mile Connectivity project is in line with the government’s strategy to increase electricity access in the country to 70 percent by 2017 and achieve universal access by 2020.