President Uhuru Kenyatta will on Friday January 15, 2016, launch “Mwangaza Mtaani” (Street Lighting) as part of his administration initiative, “Powering Freedom” project, aimed at building a 24-hour economy.
Electricity is a key ingredient in industrialization and economic growth.
Speaking in Mombasa Manoah Esipisu, State House Spokesperson said the idea will be of great importance in pushing development agenda in the country.
“The 24–hour economy benefits Kenyans by increasing the number of jobs available, and increases productivity by using available manpower, space and technology in more efficient ways, all for the quicker growth of our economy.”
The 24-hour economy model is being implemented in Nairobi, Kisumu, Uasin Gishu, Elgeyo Marakwet, Nyeri, Kiambu and West Pokot.
In Mombasa, where the President has been on a working tour, the programme will be implemented in the Mombasa CBD, Old Town, Nyali, Likoni, Majengo, Bondeni, Mbaraki, Changamwe and Kongowea at a cost of Sh 224 million ($2.2 million). Other streets including Malindi, Watamu, Timboni and Gede in Kilifi County will be lit, Kwale County, Ukunda, Diani and Tiwi will also have streets lights installed by the government.
Other flagship projects promised by the government after winning the 2013 elections include availing affordable state loans, subsidized fertilizers to ensure food security, reducing the cost of electricity generation, and access to electricity.
While, many of these projects have been implemented in part, the government has been faced with various challenges, the major one being escalating corruption and misuse of public funds leading to stagnation of some projects aimed at growing local communities and the nation as a whole.
While in his tour to the Kenyan coast, the president unveiled several other projects aimed at enhancing lives of people at the coast and consequently other parts of the nation.
Of key importance to the coast and the nation, is the launch of the English Point Marina, a high-end, multi-million-dollar marina, luxury resort aimed at attracting ocean travelers from across the globe.
He also launched the construction of Port Reitz/Moi International Airport access road project which will be a major link between Mombasa port and Moi International Airport.