The Kenya Power Lighting Company (KPLC) has announced that they are rushing the installation of meters for new connections around the nation.
The project will be finished in 90 days, Kenya Power CEO Joseph Siror announced on Tuesday at Stima Plaza during a celebration to start Customer Service Week.
As the lighting company employs freshly acquired meters, more than 320,000 clients will be connected to the electrical supply during this time.
“In the recent past, we have experienced challenges with the procurement of critical materials which has negatively impacted our drive to onboard new customers” said Siror.
“I am happy to note that these challenges have been addressed and we have started receiving meters, which we are deploying to clear pending connections.”
In the meantime, Kenya Power is being questioned in court after awarding a contract for the purchase of meters to a company called Smart Meters Technology Ltd. that has yet to produce the meters it requested in 2020.
The Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) wrote to KPLC alleging that although the company had an order for 91,000 meters, none had been delivered as of July 24, 2020, as shown by a purchase order record that was made available for review.
Four local businesses will share the Ksh. 5.4 billion contract to supply 711,740 meters, including Smart Meters.
Magnate Ventures Ltd., Yocan Group Ltd., and Inhemeter Africa Company Ltd. are the final three.
The deadline for KPLC’s response to the letter is October 4.