The Star (Nairobi)

7 March 2014

Kenya: New Power Link Price Unchanged

Kenya power managing director Ben Chumo has assured Kenyans that the cost of connection of new electricity will remain at Sh35,000 for single phase and Sh49,080 for three phase.

Appearing yesterday before parliamentary committee on Energy, Chumo said the cost will remain the same until the report to establish the new cost is finalised by Energy Regulatory Commission.

Last year, government was forced to give the electricity distributor Sh2.7 billion to help mitigate any losses over the period as ER C finalizes a study.

He said that the over 27,000 Kenyans who are currently awaiting connection will be connected to the electricity as soon as the government release subsidy money.

He also said that Kenya Power is currently developing a system to reduce the quotation period from 14 days and 7days for three phase and single phase respectively to 1day.

He said Kenya Power is holding Sh1.1 billion from 27,000 Kenyans who applied for power connections between January to March.

Kenya power Managing Director Ben Chumo said that the 27,000 Kenyans paid Sh35,000 each to have power connected in their homes.

The government subsidized power connectivity and agreed to pay Sh100,000 and customers Sh35,000 to have power connected in their homes.,

Chumo said that of the 27 000 Kenyans Kenya power will connect power to 8,000 Kenyans at a cost of Sh531 million for phase one.

The remaining 19,000 Kenyans, he said will have to wait for the government to release the Sh2.7 billion that they requested in order to be in a position to subsidize connectivity.

The MPs expressed disappointment over delays by Kenya Power to connect homes.

MPs Martin Munuve (Mwingi North), Mary Mbugua (Nakuru County), Vincent Musau (Mwala), Junet Mohammed (Suna East) and Richard Tongi (Nyaribari Chache) raised concerns as to why there have been delays connecting Kenyans in the rural areas.

Munuve said for the last three years, Kenya power has not connected power in his constituency. He expressed concerns that Kenya Power has been holding people's money yet it has not made any efforts to connect power.

Junet questioned why Kenya power requested Sh 2.7 billion to subsidize power connectivity yet nothing has been done.

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