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CS Matiang’i promises Kenyans reasonable electricity prices

Interior CS Dr. Fred Matiang’i has on Wednesday promised Kenyans reasonable electricity bills.

The powerful CS was speaking during a meeting with steering committee on implementation of the Presidential Task Force whose objective is to streamline operations in the energy sector.

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“It will not be business as usual.That was my message to the steering committee on implementation of the Presidential Task Force on Review of Power Purchase Agreements Report today, as its 6 months mandate begins.

The all of government approach with a cabinet sub committee providing oversight is to ensure we align objectives and streamline efficiency among energy sector players. We are on the right track, and soon unreasonable high electricity bills will be a practise of the past.” Said CS Matiang’i

The statement by the Interior CS follows complains by Kenyans over the high cost of electricity at a time when many are struggling from the impact of COVID-19 and unemployment among others.

Also in the minds of many is the increased price of fuel prices whose effect may impact prices of essential goods such as maize floor and other food products in the market.

The government has been urged to welcome other players in the energy sector blaming monopoly as the reason behind high prices.

Last week, the Interior CS confirmed the suspension of new and exciting agreements between Kenya Power and other power producers as well as a review in the billing system.

“The government’s focus is to bring down the cost of power by addressing challenges that result in costs to consumers. We are starting with an immediate aggressive review of Kenya Power billing system, suspension of ongoing and pending negotiations with independent power producers while we review existing agreements. Fuel prices are already under assessment and Wananchi will see the results in the next price review as we have addressed key systemic challenges.” Said CS Dr. Fred Matiang’i

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