The National Government has started the third phase of the last mile connectivity program which aims to connect more Kenyans to electricity in Nyandarua County.
The exercise which is expected to cost the government Sh15 Billion is set to increase the number of household connected to power across the country.
According to the cabinet secretary for Energy Charles Keter, the second phase of the project which cost Sh300 Million had stagnated after the contractors ran out of money.
Keter said residents from Ndaragwa, Ol-Kalou, Ol-Joro Orok, Kipipiri and Kinangop Constituencies in Nyandarua County will be the first to be connected to power in this phase.
According to the International Cooperation and Development, access to electricity in Kenya is notably low in comparison with similar African countries at 35 % on average and only 12% in rural areas have access to electricity.
In 2015, the Government of Kenya announced the Last Mile Connectivity Program aiming at universal access to electricity by 2020 as in an effort to boost manufacturing which is one the big four agenda.
The last mile connectivity will involve the extension of a low-voltage network on existing transformers and installation of 1,000 new distribution transformers across the 47 counties.