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Bomet residents benefit from last mile connectivity

Forty-seven households from Chongenwo area in Mogogosiek Ward, Konoin Sub County are now connected to the national grid thanks to the County Government of Bomet and the Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Corporation.

The households were among those left out in the Last Mile connectivity programme rolled out by the National Government.

Bomet Governor Hillary Barchok, while commissioning the power connection in one of the houses, said the County Government was using all the available resources to ensure that all homes have benefited from the programme before 2022 General Elections.

Dr Barchok said his Administration was also keen on extending the same to benefit churches and children’s homes, institutions, which he noted to have a critical role in the society yet are often bypassed when it comes to such Government programmes like last mile connectivity

For Christopher Cheruiyot and Peter Nyorgei, electricity was a sigh of relief owing to challenges they faced due to high cost of paraffin they have been using to light up their homes at night.

“This is like a miracle! We have had to rely on dim tin lamps which can hardly produce enough light,” Cheruiyot said.

“Some of my school going children have complications related to eyesight but I am sure this will come to an end because this electricity has no poisonous gas and is bright enough for reading.”

For residents of Muruany and neighbouring areas in Bomet East, all is not well following complaints over discrimination in the way households were connected to the national grid under the Last Mile connectivity programme.

The residents told Bomet East Member of Parliament Beatrice Kones to look into issues regarding individuals whose homes were left out because they could not afford Sh500 registration fees.

By Kipngeno Korir

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