The forum, hosted at the State House in Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi, saw an attendance by President Uhuru Kenyatta alongside the electricity supply chain including Kenya Power, the Rural Electrification Authority, and Kenya Electricity Transmission Company, reports local radio station Capital FM.
The State House Summit was an initiative of the Presidency’s communications and delivery units, planning to make the event a regular seminar.
The gathering was also open to the power consumers, whereby domestic electricity consumers were given the opportunity to participate in the event through social media, Twitter using the hashtag #PoweringFreedom.
Electricity supply chain – triumph
According to the media, the energy ministry, represented by energy cabinet secretary Charles Keter, highlighted the Jubilee Administration’s accomplishments on driving access to electricity over the last three years.
It is reported that the achievement has managed to increase two-fold in the number of households connected to the electricity grid as well as the connection of over 22,000 primary schools to the grid.
“We have connected as I am talking (sic) 22,242 primary schools,” Keter noted.
Moving right along from that impressive milestone, manufacturers came under fire for failing to transfer the benefits of industrial power price cuts to the consumer.
Keter said: “We must ask ourselves, are we also negotiating with our independent power producers in a transparent manner because I believe there has been a lot of cloud (sic) resulting in us signing agreements that have cost this country heavily.”
Last mile connectivity project
On a positive note, Keter also expressed hope that the last mile connectivity project would benefit the youth in terms of employment.
The last mile connectivity project, is a government initiative, established to expand affordable and efficient electricity access across remote, indigent communities in the east African region.
The project is being executed by Kenya Power, which is currently in the second phase that commenced in April this year.