NYERI, Kenya, May 7 -Kieni Member of Parliament Kanini Keega has said that the government will deregister energy generating companies charging high tariff to generate and supply the same to national grid.
Speaking during a ceremony to launch of last mile connectivity at Mutero and Bodeni villages in his constituency, Kanini said that following the appointment of a taskforce by the president, most of the companies will either face the axe or charge lower tarrifs.
“‘The reason why Kenyans pay a lot for their power is due to high tariff being charged by licensed energy generating private companies. As a committee, we will ensure they are out of business or match lower tariffs,” said Kanini.
He said that his committee will increase the allocation to rural electrification project in order to ensure most kenyans have power in their homes.
“We as a committee have to ensure that Kenyans pay affordable rates to have power in their homes. This means we have to pump more money and check excess tarrifs, ” said Kanini.
On his part, Kenya Rural Electrification Authority chairman Simon Gichari said that so Far, they have been able to connect many villages in the counties through the shilling for a shilling programme .
‘So far we have been able to do 51 projects in this progammee at a cost of over Sh1 billion shillings. We will continue to do more in other areas through this” he said.