By Ruth Mutegi
10,000 homes in Pate Island, Lamu East constituency are set to benefit from the Rural Electrification Programme this month.
The 415 Kilowatts Lamu East Electrification Project which had been pledged to Lamu residents by President Uhuru Kenyatta in February this year is expected to spur economic growth in Pate, Faza and Kiunga areas as well as improve the lifestyles of the residents.
The Rural Electrification Authority has been undertaking various projects across the country since 2007 aimed at connecting electricity to households and schools in rural areas across the country.
The Programme received a boost in 2015, when the government launched the Last Mile Connectivity Project that aims at connecting households to electricity at a cheaper rate.
About 10,000 households in Lamu East Constituency will be the latest beneficiaries of the project.
Rural Electrification Authority Managing Director Nganga Munyu says the project will spur economic development in the area through the growth of new trade industries.
Lamu East Member of Parliament Athman Sharriff says the 415 KW Lamu East Electrification Project will help modernize Pate and Faza areas as well as provide power to schools in the area.
Concerns have however been raised over the rampant vandalizing of transformers in the coastal region.
Kenya Power Coast Regional Manager Hezekiah Mwalwala urged beneficiaries of the project to be on the lookout for transformer vandals who are after transformer oil.
The government is keen on connecting 70 percent of Kenyan households to electricity by 2017 under the Last Mile Connectivity Project.