Over 20,000 residents of the sprawling Kibra informal settlement will soon be supplied with affordable power through a Kenya Power and Lighting (KPLC) and World Bank partnership.
Ben Chumo, the KPLC managing director said through the Global Partnership of Output-Based Aid (GPOBA), qualifying resident will pay a subsidised charge of KES 1,116 per connection with GPOBA topping up with KES 19,350 and KPLC contribute KES 11,970 per connection in order to make up the standard capital contribution of KES 32,480.
“Kenya Power has opted to pre-invest, which involved using its contribution to the programme by constructing overhead lines, installing transformers and other infrastructure to facilitate connection before the customer subsidy can be claimed from the World Bank” Dr. Chumo.
The company has gone further to make it easier for the residents to get connected by offering credit facilities.
The residents of Kibera will be connected to prepaid meters which will be installed once the customers sign the necessary credit documents.
The connection fee of KES 1,160 will then be recovered from the customer’s purchase of prepaid tokens.