Uasin Gishu Governor H.E Dr.Jonathan Bii, EGH together with Dr. Rose N. Mkalama Chief Executive Officer Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Corporation on Friday commissioned the Kaptik electrification project in Moiben Sub-County.

This was after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the County and the corporation, an agreement that will see 200 transformers installed across the county in the next five years targeting over 90 percent access to electricity with a focus on households and learning institutions in the first phase.

According to Governor Dr. Bii, his administration has set aside Ksh. 30 Million which will be matched by REREC to amount to Ksh. 60 Million.

“Our commitment as a county is to set more resources in our next budget in a bid to connect every household to the national grid in the next two years, “added the Governor.

He further noted that there are current scenarios in the County where power lines pass through homes but they don’t have the limited resources further noting that his administration seeks to change that narrative through the MoU.

The Deputy Governor Eng. John Barorot added that the crucial activity is geared towards creating employment, boosting security and promoting a 24-hour economy even as the county gears towards attaining city status.

According to REREC CEO Dr. Rose N. Mkalama, they are pleased to work with the County to ensure every part of the County is electrified.

She further added that the crucial program of electrification will address both the social and economic needs of the community and further called on the residents to come together through groups and come up with activities that can improve their economy.

According to County Executive Committee Member for Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change Dr. Sam Kotut, the project will address several challenges facing the communities that highly rely on biomass and firewood fuel.

“Our aim is to increase electricity connectivity in our county’s households from the current 65 percent to over 90 percent across all wards,” added Dr. Kotut.

The Department of Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change is already doing the mapping exercise across the county to ascertain areas that need to be prioritized.

The program is a game changer

Kaptik Village, Karuna Meibeki Ward, for the first time, the family of Mr Joseph Kangogo can now switch on the lights in their house courtesy of the electrification program.

In Kaptik SDA, the Church leadership could not hide their joy as they joined the Governor in songs and dances as they witnessed the historic activity in their church.

They said the program will help them cut costs and help them venture into businesses that will transform the livelihoods of their members.

Present during the event were the Members of the County Assembly Hon David Letting (Chair of Environment committee), Area MCA Hon. James Serem, Nominated MCA Hon. Rebecca Jerop, County Executive Committee Members, Chief Officers led by CO Energy, Environment and Climate Change Mary Kerich, County Attorney Stephen Lel, Directors, Sub-County Administrator, Officers from the National Government among other top County Officials.