Kenya power set to be overhauled to lower electricity bills

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On Sunday, Kenyan Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i announced that the government is planning to overhaul Kenya Power and Lightening Company (KPLC) to cut power and fuel costs.

According to CS Matiang’i, the proposed reforms will be implemented by a task force appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The team chaired by John Ngumi advocated an overhaul of the KPLC to be overseen by the Cabinet and a review of the power firm’s Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with private enterprises, in a report delivered to the President on Wednesday.

Dr. Matiang’i said the government plans to expand the task force’s recommendations to include a comprehensive study and revamp of the whole energy industry.

He lamented over the high power cost, which he said makes businesses lose money and affects the country’s competitiveness in attracting local and foreign investors.

“We will undertake an ambitious program to address the difficulties in the energy sector in the coming weeks. We are confident that not only will fuel prices decrease, but that our electrical bills and costs will decrease as well,” stated the CS.

The outspoken CS spoke in Isinya, Kajiado county on Sunday, during a fund drive to construct the South Nairobi-Kajiado branch headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

His fellow cabinets, Joe Mucheru (ICT) and Eugene Wamalwa (Defence), Kajiado Governor Joseph ole Lenku, and other leaders attended the event.

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