Kenya Power has kicked off the Mwangaza Mitaani project, a project that will see major towns in the country get street lights installed.
The project was launched in Mombasa and was presided over by President Uhuru Kenyatta in an effort to reduce energy costs and better the environment of doing business in the country.
During phase one of the Mwangaza Mitaani project, a total of 24,494 street lights will be erected in towns as well as trading centers in the country, at a cost of 2.5 billion shillings.
The Coastal region, Nairobi, Western, Nyanza as well the Central region are the early beneficiaries of the Mwangaza Mitaani project.
The towns in Mombasa like Mombasa, Old Town, Nyali, Likoni, Majengo, Bondeni, Mbaraki, Changamwe and Kongowea will be lit at a cost of 224 million shillings.
A total of 94 million shillings has also been put in place to lit up Malindi, Watamu,Timboni and Gede while Kwale County, Ukunda, Diani and Tiwi will beam with lights at a cost of 62 million shillings.
The Mwangaza Mitaani project has many advantages both to the government and to the country at large.
First, the 24-hour economy dream will be realized. In many towns in Kenya, businesses often close as early as six in the evening due to absence of lights. With the installation of street lights, people will be able to carry out their businesses all around the clock without the fear of the darkness.
The second advantage is about security. Security will be greatly improved with the installation of the streetlights. Increased cases of insecurity have been blamed on the darkness that is in major towns. With more light, more dark activities will disappear and people will be able to move freely and carry out their businesses freely.
The most advantageous thing is that the economy will improve. With increased hours of doing business, increased economic hours will be created and this will drive the economy forward. More jobs will also be created as people will be self-employed.
Article by Juma Fred.