Kabogo Slams Uhuru's Appointees in Kenya Power Saga

  • Former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo slammed Uhurus' appointees in Kenya Power saga on Sartuday April 3
    Former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo slammed Uhurus' appointees in Kenya Power saga on Sartuday April 3
  • Former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo has raised concerns over the membership of the task force appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta to review the power purchase agreements between Kenya Power and independent power providers.

    Kabogo said in a tweet that he had little faith in the task force as some of the members were corrupt, although he did not mention names.

    President Uhuru formed the task force to review contracts between Kenya Power and Independent Power Producers (IPPs).

    The team will be chaired by John Ngumi and will have 15 other members drawn from the private and public sectors including retired judge Aaron Ringera, former PricewaterhouseCoopers executive Anne Eriksson and James McFie.

    Garissa Town MP Aden Duale
    Garissa Town MP Aden Duale.

    The formation of the task force came just days after Garissa MP Aden Nduale wrote a letter to parliament seeking a statement from the chairperson of the departmental committee on Energy on Kenya power's inflated procurement costs.

    Duale who acknowledged the vitality of regular and reliable access to sufficient and affordable sources of energy in sustainable industrialization, accused KPLC of presiding over a massively inflated power supply regime that has regressive effects on the already overburdened taxpayers and businesses.

    "Reliable data indicates that KPLC procured electric power from independent electricity power producers(IPPS) at an inflated rate of Ksh 23 per kilowatt-hour while it can obtain the same from KenGen at Ksh0.50," he noted in his letter.

    Duale asked that the departmental committee explains the basis for the huge difference between the rate charged by KenGen and that of the IPPS, the list of IPPS stakeholders and the rate KPLC procured power from independent headquarters.

    He also wanted light shed on the money paid to the IPPS by KPLC and the Energy Ministry since the start of their contract and the measures in place by the power regulator to reduce the electricity cost.

    The special task force was mandated to comprehensively review the terms of all Power Purchase Agreements entered into by KPLC, and report to the president through the Cabinet Sub-Committee on matters regarding KPLC.

    They will also investigate the compliance of the PPAs with government regulations and policies and decide whether to terminate or renegotiate.

    Kenya Power Building in Nairobi CBD
    Kenya Power Building in Nairobi CBD.