Tarus replaces Chumo as acting Kenya Power MD

Outgoing KPLC MD Dr Ben Chumo (center) together with Chairperson Kenneth Marende (left) and newly acting MD Dr Ken Tarus (right) during the the farewell occasion in Nairobi. PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER NYAMUTA.

Nairobi, KENYA: Dr Ken Tarus has taken over from Dr Ben Chumo as Kenya Power Managing Director in acting capacity.

Speaking during the farewell occasioned in the company’s premises in Nairobi on Wednesday, Dr. Tarus promised that 70 percent of Kenyans will access electricity services by December next year year.

The outgoing MD Dr Ben Chumo indicated that 70 per cent electricity connection in the country is viable because the country ‘s 60 percent population is currently connected and the company received 65 billion to execute the project.

“This project we are implementing it on behalf of the government ,the project which will change the lives of most Kenyans ,as we speak today we are standing at over 65 billion shillings, loans from donor community and development partners giving us that support to implement that project .”Dr Chumo said.

Dr Tarus assured the country that electricity pricing will not change because power will be mitigated with other sources after undergoing diversification.

The Kenya power chairman Kenneth Marende dispelled some allegations that Dr. Chumo was pressurized to retire from the company, following a case filed in court by activist Okiyo Omtata challenging Dr Chumo’s second term anticipation in office .

Dr. Chumo served as Kenya Power Managing Director for three years.