PRESIDENT UHURU ORDERS KENYA POWER TO LOWER ELECTRICITY PRICES AS HE RESHUFFLES THE CABINET

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President Kenyatta on Wednesday, 29th September, made changes in his cabinet.

According to a video seen on Citizen TV’s Instagram page, the following the changes made.

Transfer of functions and reconstitution of Ministries

The State Department for Social Protection, Pensions and Senior Citizens has been transferred to the Ministry of Public Service & Gender.

The State Department for ASALs has been transferred to the Ministry of Public Service & Gender.

The Department of Special Programmes has been transferred to the State Department for Social Protection, Pensions and Senior Citizens Affairs; which has been renamed as the State Department for Social Protection, Senior Citizens Affairs and Special Programmes.

The Ministry of Labour & Social Protection reconstituted and renamed as the Ministry of Labour.

The Ministry of Devolution & The ASALs reconstituted and renamed as the Ministry of Devolution.

The Ministry of Public Service & Gender reconstituted and renamed as the Ministry of Public Service, Gender, Senior Citizens Affairs & Special Programmes.

Principal Secretaries Reshuffle

Monica Juma moves from Defence to Ministry of Energy. Charles Keter was moved to the Devolution Ministry,

Eugene Wamalwa moves to the Defence Ministry while Margaret Kobia was put in charge of Public Service, Gender, Senior Citizens Affairs and Special Programs.

Also, Gordon Kihalangwa moves to the State department of Energy and Joseph Njoroge moves to the State Department of Transport.

Solomon Kitungu put in charge of the State Department of Public Works and Nelson Mawarua tasked with Social Protection, Senior Citizens Affairs and Special Programs.

See video:

Reduction in electricity prices

In a statement made on Wednesday by State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena, she noted that President Uhuru Kenyatta considered the report by the taskforce which established great differences between power purchases by Kenya Power from KenGen and Independent Power Producers (IPPs).

The President also examined and welcomed the recommendations of the task-force that establish a path towards the reduction of the cost of electricity by over 33% within four months.

The consequence of the proposed interventions is that a consumer who previously spent Ksh.500 per month on electricity shall by 31st December, 2021 pay Ksh.330 per month, read the statement by Kanze Dena.

This cost reduction will be achieved through the reduction of the consumer tariffs from an average of KES 24 per kilowatt hour to KES 16 per kilowatt hour which is about two thirds of the current tariff.

In affirmation of this seminal and progressive solution to a decades long problem, the President has directed the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Energy to secure the immediate implementation of all the recommendations of the taskforce by Christmas Day, 2021. the statement added.

By Wanjiru Mbaru

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