Lamu, KENYA: As the nation marks the 53rd Madaraka Day celebrations,Lamu County will for the first time since independence celebrate being connected to the national grid.
Lamu County has for the last 53 years depended on private power generators for electricity.
Locals have complained of abrupt power outages while business premises have recorded losses on various occasions after electricity was cut off leading to the destruction of refrigerated products.
Local leaders have however expressed optimism that the connection to the national grid is expected to revolutionize trade, tourism and also boost the industrial sector in Lamu.
Leaders say with multi-billion projects like the LAPSSET that required adequate power supply,the move wouldn’t have come at a better time.
Lamu Governor Issa Timamy said the move would also open Lamu to both the local and international business and investor markets.
He said development in Lamu had dragged for the last 53 years due to the lack of a reliable source of power.
“We are glad that we join the rest of the nation on the grid. We know sectors will grow and we are also calling on investors to come since many were shying away citing unreliable power sources,”said Timamy.
The move is also expected to change the course of the county’s economy for the better since all sectors are expected to immensely deliver due to the same.