Government reduces cost of installing electricity to Kshs. 15,000.

Government reduces cost of installing electricity to Kshs. 15,000.

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A Kenyan village installed with electricity.

Kenyans can now install electricity in their homes at a cost of only Kshs. 15,000, a drop from the initial cost of Kshs.35,000, the government announced on Wednesday.

President Uhuru Kenyatta said the move was meant to speed up the Government’s agenda to have at least 70 per cent of Kenyan households connected to electricity by 2017.

Those who cannot pay the KSh15,000 at one go will still get connected and have the option of making payment by installments through their bills, said president Kenyatta when he launched the Last Mile Connectivity Project, and commissioned the National Schools Electrification Project.

He said the decision to reduce the cost of installation was reached after the progress that the Government has achieved in increasing power generation.

“We have asked Kenya Power to allow those who cannot pay at once to be connected and they can pay the tariff in installments through their bills,” said the President.

“By 2017, 70 per cent of our people will have access to electricity. This will translate to more productivity and create more jobs.”

Currently, 35 percent of Kenyan households are connected to electricity.

On the school’s electrification project, the president said all schools in the country would be connected to electricity by next year.

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