Energy CAS Kachapin puts contractors on notice

Energy CAS Simon Kachapin
Energy CAS Simon Kachapin

Energy Chief Administrative Secretary Simon Kachapin has issued a stern warning to electricity project contractors in the country. He warned that contractors lagging behind in the implementation of the power projects would have their contracts cancelled, adding that some are at 20 percent performance, more than three years since they were awarded the contracts.

Kachapin warned electricity contractors in the country over laxity, saying they need to execute their services to satisfaction. “Those who have been awarded tenders should take caution. Am following up the Turkwel–Ortum-Kitale power line to make sure the project is completed to make sure the power is stabilized,” he said.

The CAS said that corruption has led to lack of development. “We shall be visiting projects to make sure they are complete,” he said.

He observed that he will ensure that all electricity projects which have been started are completed. The CAS said it was absurd that only 50 percent of the work has been completed in Phase One.

Speaking on Sunday at Sebit area in West Pokot County while launching the Last Mile programme Mr. Kachapin said President Uhuru Kenyatta directed the Energy Ministry to ensure the introduction of the cheaper cost of electricity in rural areas.

Kachapin said the government wants to ensure over 90 percent connections to the main grid by the end of President Kenyatta’s second term. The CAS said the current connection at the national level stands at 50 percent, though some regions have up to 70 percent connection.