by Linda Musiime
As I move through Kibera, the largest urban slum not only in Nairobi but in Africa, a group of young men emerge from inside the slum onto the street. One of them whom I’m assuming is the leader shouts “Wana…Wanaume” and the rest of his comrades respond with “Eeeehhh”. Quite interesting to hear them chant as this is how their leader communicates to them before issuing any instructions. Clearly a motivational method to do a heavy lifting job and they do a good job by the way. What is their job exactly? You may wonder. These young men carry electricity poles through some really narrow paths and through some houses to take them to where they will be erected.
High speed electric cars zoom overhead on suspended rails. Brightly lit streets and pathways in cities all over the country, on which thousands of Kenyans safely make their way to their various destinations no matter the hour. Instantaneous global communication and 24 hour electricity being available to each and every household from the villages to the megacities, all attributing to the exponential growth in opportunity and economic prosperity. These were all a dream once, a dream that seemed unattainable; too far from the reach of our hands. However, through the efforts of the Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC), our dreams are becoming eventualities, separated from the present only by time.
by Nabwire Bellamine
Growing up, I’ve been blessed enough to have parents who were able to provide me with some of the best things in life, a privilege that I now realize, I've taken for granted for far too long.
Kenya Power has made notable steps towards electrifying Kenya in recent years. Gone are the days electricity in homes was a reserve for urban residents and the Kenyan upper class, thanks to Kenya Power efforts. Electricity is now at arm's length of any Kenyan resident.
by Victoria Wangui Wanjohi
Former coffee farmers turned to dairy farmers; that is the new life of the people of Githunguri in recent years. This community are huge entrepreneurs in the Dairy industry with the well-known Githunguri Dairy Farmers Co-operative Society, “Fresha” being their product. The farmers in this area have benefited from developments in agricultural technology and electrification in their homes making life much easier and beneficial to a community.
Can the value of electricity be quantified? If it could, what value would you give it?
Karl Marx a German philosopher and political economist once said, ‘Nothing can have value without being an object of utility’. I would further add that nothing can have value without being an object of utility, for the development of the individual. Electricity’s value I believe is found in its personal use or usefulness.