Tharaka Mp Hon. Gitonga Murugara popularly known as GG has come out to assure his constituents that he is working around and pushing to see the entire Tharaka is connected with electricity from the national grid system like other places in the country.
Speaking to Newsflash 254, Gitonga said already there is ongoing installation of power to Tharaka residents by Magnate ventures company. According to the legislator, the following areas will be getting connected. Shauri,Kamarenge,Kamachabi,Gacheuni,Gatagani,Gatiriku to Kathangachini.
The project is then expected to extend from Usweni, Kirimbu, Kamaguna, Malagwa, Manduru to Gachoroni. The next route will be through Karocho, Kirundi, Kamathina and Karambani. Other places are Nkondi, Kaguchwani and Karugwaru.
The Mp further says they are following to ensure maximization is made to all the 170 transformers installed in different places of Tharaka. This will ensure the transformers are put into maximum utilization. “Once a transformer is installed should serve a radius of 600 metres around it but in most cases you find a transformer serving only 2 households. We want to ensure the transformers serve locals to maximum as required,” Gitonga told Newsflash 254.
Tharaka is one of the parts of Tharaka Nithi county which is still lagging behind in terms of electricity connection but at least with the Last mile program by the government steps are being made towards connecting Tharaka to the vital service.
Last mile has been made cheap and affordable since for instance in case of maximization, one has to only prepare a house in terms of wiring and cater for the charges of certificate of wiring. This has made the service affordable even to poor deserving locals.
However the MP cited several challenges hampering the connectivity. He said the company is experiencing a shortage of posts, overhead cables, and other materials thus slowing down the installation. The shortage is extending down from Kenya Power and lighting company which has forced the company to opt importing the materials from neighbouring countries like Tanzania.
He urged residents to stay calm since it is an expensive venture considering they are starting from scratch in most areas. “We cannot complete the exercise in just few months as it can take us to 2 years for the results of our efforts to be seen by public at large,” He added.