President William Ruto yesterday oversaw the signing of contracts totaling Ksh 27 billion at State House, Nairobi, to facilitate the connection of 280,000 households with electricity. This significant initiative is part of the last mile connectivity project, made possible through funding from the French Development Agency.

President Ruto emphasized the crucial role of these funds in bolstering the government’s strategic vision of achieving universal access to electricity by 2030. He highlighted that the power lines installed as part of this project will not only provide electricity but also enable the transmission of fiber optic cables, ensuring universal internet access.

Furthermore, the financing for this project comes from a collaboration between the European Union, the French Development Agency, and the European Investment Bank. President Ruto disclosed the government’s ongoing efforts to implement a similar Ksh 22 billion electricity connectivity program in partnership with the African Development Bank and Saudi Arabia, aiming to provide electricity to over 270,000 additional customers.

European Union Ambassador to Kenya, Henriette Geiger, commended the country’s progress towards its electricity connectivity objectives, affirming that Kenya is on the right path. Energy Cabinet Secretary David Chirchir urged all contractors involved to prioritize delivering value to Kenyan citizens participating in the project.