The Senate has launched an inquiry into the frequent power outages in Mukuru slums, saying the issue has caused substantial economic losses.
The Senate said the inquiry was launched in a bid to ascertain the cause and effect of the power outages, their implication on the quality of life of citizens and measures being put in place to address the problem in Mukuru following a petition that was launched by residents of the said slum.
While presenting the petition on behalf of the residents Nairobi senator Edwin Sifuna called on the senate to look into the issue as the frequent power outages and blackout has caused significant inconvenience and hardship to the residents.
The area petitioners led by Roseline Asena told the energy committee chaired by Nyeri senator Wahome Wamatinga that due to these frequent blackouts they are now forced to rely on informal electricity suppliers who end up charging excessive prices for the unsafe unreliable power.
“The illegal connections have resulted in high electrocution rates of humans and animals especially during the rainy season. The naked wires on the ground are not visible causing injuries and death,” she said.
The petitioners claim that the illegal connections are usually done with blessings of crooked Kenya powers officials who reside in the area.
“They work and report directly to area chiefs and it is a highly protected cartel by police officers in the area,” Asena added.
By Wema Toywa