The National government through rural electrification authority, REA has set aside Ksh. 290 million for electrification of 47 villages within Mathioya constituency. The Mathioya MP Peter Kimari confirmed that the connectivity will be done in various phases across the county.
The first phase will cost sh.5 million and it will commence at Kangunu and Kairi villages where 110 homes which are not power connected will get access to power. The legislator noted that the constituency is only 40 percent covered by power connectivity thus triggered the government to map out other areas that would be electrified.
He added that REA has mapped all the areas to be electrified for provision of transformers. The homes near schools need to optimize transformers. Poles have already been mounted on homesteads and power will be connected before Christmas.
Geoffrey Mwangi Wanjama, a resident at Kairi village claims that some residents are rigid to give way leave for the connections. He said that those denying others from accessing power should know that theirs has also passed through other people’s land to get to where they are.
Maria Wandia, a resident cried foul that some conmen are vising the villages purporting to be Kenya power employees. She said that they are extorting money from residents.
One of the Kenya power employees Mr. Muiruri who was training the residents on power rules warned that anyone who will deny others way leave and use of electric poles will also be denied the services.