On Sunday, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua stated that the government has enlisted a team of professionals to address the increasing cost of electricity. Speaking at a media briefing, the DP highlighted that the cost of electricity has been rising due to the extended dry season and climate change, and is expected to worsen in the near future.
Gachagua remarked, “We are experiencing problems due to the extended drought and the five consecutive rainy seasons that have failed.”
“In about two to three weeks, we will encounter a severe deficit,” he added.
The Deputy President explained that independent power producers are unsustainable since most of them use diesel, which makes their power options prohibitively expensive. Thus, the government is exploring alternative energy sources such as wind, geothermal, and solar energy.
“The government understands that the increasing cost of power leads to higher manufacturing costs, which are ultimately passed on to the consumer,” he said.
Gachagua further stated that a large team of experts is working diligently to bring down the cost of power, and a policy announcement will be made in the next few weeks outlining the government’s interventions to reduce the cost of electricity.
“We will announce the government’s measures to reduce the cost of power in the coming weeks,” he concluded.