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    AfDB doubles funding for Kenya electricity access

    APA-Nairobi (Kenya)

    State owned power utility company, Kenya Power will see its funding for the last mile connectivity project doubled as the African Development Bank (AfDB) extends its support towards the government - driven initiative for universal connectivity by 2020.

    AfDB has given Kenya a total of $15 million for both phase one of the last mile project and will add a similar amount of money for the second phase, bringing the total to $30 million.

    Both funding will see over 600,000 Kenyan households connected to electricity with 314,000 targeted in the initial phase.

    “We are happy with the work done by the government in enhancing connectivity for Kenyan citizens from the funds we have advanced to the country. We will double our funds to implement the project to spur economic development across the country,” said the President of AfDB, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina.

    Dr. Adesina and Keter were speaking in Rongai, Nakuru County, in Rift Valley on Saturday during the launch of the second phase of the project, a statement issued by Kenya Power disclosed.

    Keter expressed gratitude to the African Development Bank for its combined efforts with the government to fund the project "that has made electricity more affordable which has consequently assisted residents from the grassroots appreciate electricity as a basic need and not a luxury."

    The project is jointly funded by the government of Kenya, the AfDB and the World Bank with an aim of affordably connecting Kenyan households to the national network grid.

    It involves the extension of low-voltage network to reach households located within 600m of a transformer.


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