MPs approve Sh5 billion to support power transmission

Kenya Power employees repair a transformer in Nairobi. FILE PHOTO | NMG

Parliament has approved Sh5 billion to support Kenya Power and other players in electricity transmission as the country faces a growing threat from ageing infrastructure.

Kenya Power will receive Sh500 million from the power transmission and distribution vote.

“Additional Sh500 million (development) to help KPLC financial position,” the Budget and Appropriations Committee (BAC) says in a report on the 2023/24 Budget Policy Statement that was approved by Parliament.

The allocation comes two months after the Treasury cut Kenya Power bailout by nearly three-quarters on the back of improving revenue and the expiry of the 15 percent tariff cut that will ease liquidity challenges.

Disclosures to the IMF show the State-controlled utility will get Sh2.35 billion from taxpayers to partly offset the liquidity gap emanating from the January 2022 electricity tariff reduction compared with Sh9.05 billion in the year ended June 2021.

The electricity distributor estimates annual loss as a result of a tariff cut ordered by the previous regime of President Uhuru Kenyatta to ease living costs for households and businesses at Sh26.3 billion.

The 15 percent drop in power tariff ended in December occasioning higher bills from January.

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