20 June 2008 – Kenya’s KPLC is to be split into two in order to speed up electricity distribution and meet demand for new connections.
Speaking this week, Kiraitu Murungi, Kenya’s energy minister, said the utility will be restructured into a state owned transmission company and a private distribution company.
Both companies will be subject to performance contracts Murungi said.
"Electricity is not only about industrialisation but also has security repercussions," the minister told reporters. He said further that he was concerned at the current electrification rate of 10% in rural areas when compared to international norms.
"The Government is therefore committed to accelerating access to connectivity of electricity in the rural areas with a view to reaching more than 20 per cent by 2012," he said.