In Summary
  • The project, alongside the street lighting initiative by Kenya Power, is driving the crime rate down besides boosting tourism in the Coast region.

  • The first phase of the three-phase project was launched on April 3, 2016 and took 18 months to be completed.

  • The existing distribution transformers which stood at 5,320 were maximized to reach an estimated 314,200 households across the 47 counties.

Crime rate has reduced while business continues to thrive at the Coast courtesy of a National government project that has linked close to one million households to the power grid.

The Sh18.5 billion Last Mile Connectivity project, a joint initiative between the government of Kenya and World Bank, was aimed at increasing electricity access to Kenyans across the country.

The project, together with the street lighting initiative by Kenya Power, has reduced crime rate besides increasing small scale trade and boosting tourism in the region.

Ms Janet Mtsanze, 52, a resident of Muoroto slums in Mombasa County, is counting her blessings after her small house was lit up courtesy of the Last Mile Connectivity project.

“I had very few tenants in my rental houses because it lacked electricity but when it was connected to the power grid, things have changed and there is no room left. It is a major development shift and people can associate or link it with work of the current government,’’ she said.

SECURITY IMPROVES

A few meters away is another tenant Ms Saumu Charo, who opines that security has improved in the area since the inception of the project and now there is free movement of residents.

“Security which used to be a major challenge when darkness set is no longer an issue since the area is well lit and people can go about their businesses day and night ,’’ she said.

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