Electricity Disconnection due to unpaid bills in Kisii County has been cited as the major hindrance to the progress of Digital learning Program in the area.
Issuing a report on DLP and Last mile connectivity during the County Development Implementation and Coordination Committee meeting, regional Kenya Power and lighting company Business manager Mr. Mang’era Moronge said 17 schools with over sh.20,000 bills were disconnected .
During the meeting held at the County Commissioner’s office, Moronge said Kisii Central, and Marani sub Counties had the highest number of schools that are disconnected hence cannot operate the digital gadgets including tablets and laptops.
Moronge also said that efforts were being made to get the right size of the electricity poles by the company to connect the only three schools that had never been connected, in Nyamache, Kenyenya and Gucha South Sub Counties.
“Lack of the right size of poles has affected even the last mile connectivity to households and I appeal to CDICC to take up the matter so that we can speedily get 20 poles required in Kisii County,” said Mang’era.
The Business Manager noted that once the issue of poles was addressed, one failed transformer replaced and one vandalized wire replaced, all the 698 learning institutions in Kisii County would be connected to electricity.
CDICC meeting was chaired by County Commissioner Stephen Kihara, and attended by Presidential Delivery Director Melchizedek Onguso, County Coordinator for National Lands Commission Andrew Rotich , and County Police commander Munene Ngere among others.
By Jane Naitore