NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 24 – Residents of Silanga and Soweto villages in Kibra in Nairobi will now enjoy safe, legal and reliable electricity connection at affordable rate, according to. Ben Chumo, the Kenya Power Managing Director and CEO.
Dr Chumo said this when he joined community leaders in Kibra to launch a special programme that Kenya Power has developed to assist residents of informal settlements. The special programme is supported by World Bank, (Global Partnership of Output-Based Aid- GPOBA) and is tailored to subsidise the cost of electricity connection to residents in informal settlements and other low-income regions.
The programme allows qualifying residents to pay a minimal charge of Sh1,116 per connection, Dr Chumo said. The World Bank through GPOBA contributes US$ 225(Sh19,350), while Kenya Power contributes Sh11,970 per connection making up the standard capital contribution of Sh32,480 per connection.
“Kenya Power has opted to pre-invest, in the programme by constructing connection lines, installing transformers and other infrastructural setup to enable connection to customers’ houses,” Dr Ben Chumo added.
The company has further made it easier to connect the residents by offering credit facilities through selected financial institutions.
The residents of Kibra will be connected to prepaid meters and the connection fee of Sh1,160 will then be recovered from the customer’s purchase of prepaid tokens for a period of 12 months. This translates to Shs.100 per month.
Kenya Power is targeting to connect more than 20,000 households in Kibra. The same programme is being implemented in other informal settlements and low income areas such as; Mukuru kwa Njenga, Wiumiririe in Nyahururu and other informal settlements in Kisumu, Mombasa and Western Kenya among other regions in the country.