EDITORIAL: Fulfil power promise

Kenya Power
A Kenya Power technician at work. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

The energy regulator ERC and the electricity distributor Kenya Power have assured consumers that power tariffs will drop by eight per cent by July 1 in a multi-agency review.

This is positive news for households and enterprises that have, for many years, complained about skyrocketing electricity charges, which is listed as a major cost of doing business in Kenya.

But the announcement is not the news, the clarification that the fixed charges will be a thing of the past makes a lot of sense. It is what must be the game-changer in the latest cheaper-power announcement.

Although the review is not complete yet, the promise from the two key agencies points to a more promising future of predictable power bills for both pre- and post-payments. Indeed, power billing should not be a source of strife and endless complaints from the consumer.

We urge the government that this pledge ought to be implemented by carefully assessing the reviewers’ proposals against the secondary data, including the information that expensive power costs hurt Kenya’s competitiveness on the global stage.

Because Kenya Power is a monopoly, the government should do everything to deliver on the promise of affordable power since there are no alternatives to significant power users.

This, we reiterate, must not pass as a mere promise; it must be nurtured to fruition for economic growth.