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Tuesday, October 12, 2021 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has formed a 21-member steering committee to implement guidelines issued by the Presidential Taskforce on the review of power purchasing agreements with an aim of lowering electricity bills by 33%.
The committee, chaired by ICDC Chairperson John Ngumi, was given six months to reduce the cost of electricity in the country.
Within the first four months, the committee is expected to negotiate with independent power suppliers to reduce power tariffs, which will in turn see the overall cost of electricity go down.
The committee will also institute and expedite reforms at the crippled government entity and ensure Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) signs and enforces contract management frameworks for power purchase agreements procurements.
It is also tasked with the responsibility to implement a consumer tariff reduction from an average of Ksh24 to Ksh16 per KwH, streamlining KPLC and ensuring it records profits rather than losses within six months and reporting directly to the Head of State on the development.
The John Ngumi-led steering committee is expected to furnish the president with its first report before December 5, 2021.
In the execution of the tasks, Ngumi will be assisted by Nzioka Waita from the Presidential Delivery Unit (PDU), Solicitor General Kennedy Ogeto, Energy PS Gordon Kihalangwa, Aaron Ringera, James Mcfie, Mohammed Nyaoga, Elizabeth Muli, Stanley Kamau, Wanjiku Wakogi, Isaac Kiva, Caroline Kittony, Elizabeth Rogo, Sachin Gudka, James Mwangi, John Mutua, Anne Eriksson, and Yida Kemoli.
The move comes a few days after Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i declared Kenya Power a special government project and suspended ongoing and pending negotiations between KPLC and independent power producers until some things are sorted out.
The Kenyan DAILY POST