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Ensure every citizen is connected to reliable and affordable electricity (on or off-grid) by 2020

  • When made: 2017

  • Where made: Party manifesto

According to the 2013/14 Kenya Power annual report, in June 2014 there were 2.77 million electricity connections in Kenya. Of these, 1.69 million were domestic customers. (Note: A breakdown of how Kenya's electricity consumers are categorised can be found here.)

In the utility firm’s 2016/17 annual report the number of electricity connections had increased to 6.18 million as of 30 June 2017. The report also says that Kenya Power plans to “achieve a customer base of 9 million customers and universal access by 2020.”

The country’s 2019 census found there were 12.1 million households in Kenya.  The census results showed access to grid electricity was 50.4% in 2019. Another 19.3% had access through solar. This is more than two-thirds, but it is not clear how much off-grid access was by the state.

Kenya Power says this had risen to 7.5 million customers as of January 2020, but also does not say how many were domestic connections.

At best, 70% of Kenyans have access to on and off-grid electricity. Its affordability and reliability remains contested with reports that Kenya Power has sought tariff increases.

It is 2020, with no chance that the remaining population will be connected to electricity before the end of the year. We therefore rate this as a broken promise.

– Africa Check, Last updated August 2020.

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