Lamu county government moves to light more streets


Nairobi, KENYA: The County Government of Lamu on Friday signed an MOU with the Kenya Power and lighting company for installation and maintenance of street and public lighting within the county.

The two institutions will also co-operate in other areas such as construction, operation, and maintenance of electricity infrastructure, trading in electricity, policy formulation in the electric energy sector, human resource and capacity development energy efficiency and conservation.

Lamu County joins 16 other counties that have signed an agreement with Kenya Power for street and public lighting with the aim of improving security and enhancing a 24-hour economy.

The street lighting project started in 2014 mainly to rehabilitate street lights within Nairobi County and later spread to other main towns like Mombasa, Kisumu, Nyeri, Eldoret, Nakuru and Machakos among others.

So far 500 towns, markets, and centers have been covered. The national government has funded most of the schemes while some counties have funded some schemes from their budgets. Kenya Power is the implementing agent for the street lighting project.

The national government has disbursed KShs.13.5 billion for this project and so far schemes worth KShs.6.7 billion have been completed. Schemes worth KShs.6.8 billion are on-going.