2 September 2014

Kenya: Sh11 Billion for Electricity in Rural Schools, Homes

THE government will spend Sh11 billion on rural electrification programmes this year.

The plan aims to connect more than 1 million households, primary schools, markets and other public facilities to the power grid.

Rural Electrification Authority chairman Simon Gicharu said the government has provided enough funding.

"By the end of 2015 we will have achieved our target. This will completely turn around the economy," he said.

Gicharu was speaking at Kiplombe in Uasin Gishu county where he launched an electricity project.

He was with Governor Jackson Mandago.

The REA will use more than Sh 200 million on rural electrification in Uasin Gishu.

Gicharu said the plan to connect all schools will ensure standard one pupils get free laptops from the government.

"We will ask the government to connect private schools because the children who go there are also Kenyans," he said.

"Once we connect homes, we will also have helped deal with the insecurity and other challenges that have been causing retarded development in some parts of the country."

Gicharu said the theft of transformers has interfered with plans to expand power supply in rural areas.

He said MPs should support a proposal to classify the theft as a serious economic crime.

"Those undermining our plan by vandalising transformers are criminals who should be dealt with as economic saboteurs," Gicharu said.


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