CS Charles Keter in a firm handshake with the oldest woman of Chuka. CS Keter lit her house with electricity.
Joy greeted the home of Mama Kanono of Marmati Ward in Tharaka Constituency when the Cabinet Secretary for Energy and Petroleum Charles Keter entered her house to switch on electricity on Monday (10th October, 2016). This was the first time Mama Kanono saw light in her village in more than 100 years she had lived in this world.
“Thank you my son! This is wonderful. I would have died before I would see the modern light in my house. Go and tell President Uhuru, I am very happy,” said Mama Kanono whose age villagers estimate to be 130 years old.
The story was duplicated to many other villagers who saw electricity in their houses as unbelievable achievement in their lives.
In Giampapo village, it was all joy for Joyce Ntingui of as CS Keter lit her semi-permanent house to mark the official launch of the last Mile Electricity Connectivity Programme in Chuka/Igambang’ombe, Constituency. Mr Keter was accompanied by the local Member of Parliament Muthomi Njuki.
Far from Chuka in the former Eastern Province, the people of Mauche in Nakuru County and those in Chemosot, Bomet East, Mogogosiek and Mengwet in Bomet County have thanked the Government for its endeavours to provide them with clean and affordable energy under the Last Mile Connectivity programme.
It was time to enjoy boiled green maize after a hectic day. Deputy President William Ruto and CS Charles Keter have light moments at the house of Mama Mary Wambui of Ngwataniru Village in Njoro after they lit her house, courtesy of the Last Mile Connectivity Programme. Wambui would not hide her joy.
“I have never dreamt of ever having electricity in my house, this is a miracle – it is a dream.” These were the words of Alice Bwogo of Mauche village, similar to those expressed by Mary Wambui of Ngwataniru village in Njoro.
In Chuka, Mr Keter said: “ We are delivering on the Government’s promise to bring electricity closer to homes and improving livelihoods. Connecting electricity to households was a Government plan to give Kenyans the opportunity to utilise power for domestic and business purposes.”
CS Keter said over Ksh15 million has been set aside specifically to implement the Last Mile Project in Tharaka Nithi County, where 3,500 households have so far been connected.
Mr Keter said his Ministry was undertaking ambitious plans to ensure that the country achieves universal access to electricity by 2020. (By Moses Nyandika)