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Residents of Karwang’i village in Kinangop cry foul over electricity connection



Residents of Karwang’i village in Kinangop cry foul over electricity connection

For over forty years, residents of Karwang’i village in Njabini Kinangop have remained in darkness despite nearby centers enjoying the use of electricity.

Every year, incoming governments and politicians have dangled the promise of electricity connection to the peasant farmers only for this to end in bitterness and anger.

Tired of waiting, the farmers have now decided to sell part of their livestock and crops to buy transformers so that they can enjoy electricity like other Kenyans.

According to one of the community leaders Charles Kimotho, the region had high potential in food production but it had been sidelined for years.

Speaking in the area, Kimotho told of their frustrations as they moved from one government office to the other without success.

“We have met senior government officers including those from KPLC but our pleas have been ignored and hence the move for a fund rising,” he said.

He said that Nyandarua County had for years been marginalized, missing out on State appointments and capital projects hence the high levels of poverty.

“We have heard about the last mile project which has not assisted us and over 300 families in this area have continued to live in darkness,” he said.

A resident Gabriel Kiarie noted that every election year politicians toured the area with promises of electricity connection.

He added that they had been forced to source for drinking water from the nearby Aberdare forest despite electing tens of leaders to address their challenges.

“The Governor, our Mp., Women Rep and Senator have completely forgotten us leading to more suffering despite paying taxes like other Kenyans,” he said.

On her part, Hannah Wambui wondered whom they had wronged, adding that lack of electricity had affected education standards in the village.

She said that they had been forced to use paraffin to light their houses as their neighbors enjoyed the use of electricity.

“Even the nearby schools do not have electricity yet the government has claimed to have connected all learning institutions to power and this is wrong,” he said.

A senior manager from KPLC and who declined to be named said that the Covid-19 pandemic had affected their plans to connect all rural areas with electricity.

“We are back on the drawing board after the pandemic and under the Last-Mile project this village and others will definitely benefit,” he said.

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