KEPSA Energy and Extractives Sector Board Chair, Eng. James Mwangi and Vice chair, Mr Bernard Osawa, paid a courtesy call to Kenya Power & Lighting Company(KPLC) Acting MD & CEO, Eng. Jared Othieno, and his management team (acting) on 9th August, 2018. The main aim of the meeting was to introduce KEPSA to the new management and also discuss areas in which KEPSA can work together with KPLC to realize its vision.
Eng. Jared Othieno started by appreciating the KEPSA team for finding time to visit reassuring them that what was agreed to with the previous leadership will be realized and even going beyond to some extent. He reiterated that they are focusing on winning back the confidence from its stakeholders.
Eng. James Mwangi, in his remarks, gave an overview of KEPSA highlighting its various engagement platforms, among them, the Presidential Round Table (PRT). He added that the last PRT focused solely on the Manufacturing Pillar under the Big Four Agenda noting that one of the issues that came out as a challenge to the manufacturers, was the cost of power which they requested to be reduced to 9cents per KW. However, he said that in the review tariff the costs were noted to have gone up to 16 cents, noting that these are some of the key issues that needed to be addressed in order to realize the Big Four Agenda.
The Energy and Extractives Sector Board Vice Chair, Mr. Bernard Osawa, pointed out that KPLC is a key institution that must work efficiently for all to benefit adding that KEPSA is ready to work with KPLC to make things work more efficiently. He highlighted some of concerns like the billing system of KPLC for both post and pre-paid meters; independence of KPLC from the government so that they can take full responsibility of their actions; proper collaboration between KPLC and other government agencies especially Rural Electrification Authority (REA); and proper communications channels to its stakeholders.
In their response, the acting Managing Director thanked KEPSA for the open discussion. He said they have a Mobile Phone Application that will be launched soon and will allow their customers to make their own meter reading giving an estimate of the amount they are required to pay. KPLC is working with REA so they can commission various projects together and avoid losses. They have come up customers’/Stakeholders clinics where they can engage the consumers.