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All public primary schools to have electricity by July 2015

22 August 2014, 23:02 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – The Rural Electrification Authority (REA) has assured that all the 22 782 public primary schools in the country will have electricity either by solar power or grid energy by July 2015.

The REA CEO, Ng’ang’a Munyu disclosed that about 15 000 schools are already connected with electricity and remaining with about 7 000, an initiative he said will help the government implement its digital platform those schools.

However, Munyu said REA will give priority to schools in 29 constituencies of the National Assembly’s Energy committee members before connecting electricity in other regions.

“For the remaining schools, we will give priority to the members of this committee as the REA connects electricity in all primary schools to the national grid. The other areas will be considered later,” said Munyu, who did not disclose the amount the government will spend in the project.

The Energy Principal Secretary, Joseph Njoroge, cautioned that REA’s decision to consider the MPs in the Energy committee should not be interpreted as luring them to compromise with the ministry’s operations and fail to administer their oversight role.

“The ministry is not offering any special treatment to the members of the committee to lure them. It is not that we are considering schools in their regions only but every public primary school in the country and we intend to conclude by mid 2015,” said Njoroge. 

Njoroge revealed that REA is also connecting electricity to public facilities such as secondary schools, trading and health centers in addition to administrative centers, churches and mosques, boreholes among others.

The principals in Energy sector were responding to the committee’s inquiry into the progress made in connecting public primary schools with electricity. The Energy committee is chaired by Kigumo MP, Jamleck Kamau.

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