Kenya Power will start implementing the Last Mile project in January 2016. The game changer project will connect 350,000 customers across the country and will be supported by government of Kenya through donor communities. We have pushed access rate to electricity from 32 per cent to 52 per cent in the last two years.

Kenya Power will start implementing the Last Mile project in January 2016. The game changer project will connect 350,000 customers across the country and will be supported by government of Kenya through donor communities. We have pushed access rate to electricity from 32 per cent to 52 per cent in the last two years.

Kenya Power General Manager, Customer Service, Joshua Mutua announced during this year’s ACEK (Association of Consulting Engineers of Kenya) 2nd annual dinner held in Nairobi. The event seeks to bring young and old consulting engineers together to network and share experiences in the area of engineering. All invited guests showed up in well dressed suits and gowns to crown the long awaited event. Vivo Energy, ESA (Engineering Student Association), Kenya Pipeline Company were also largely represented.

“There are so many investment opportunities for engineers in the field of power generation. Engineers can participate in ensuring that Kenyans enjoy well priced electricity by embracing other power alternatives like geothermal, wind or solar projects. Kenya Power is in the process of constructing 252 power substations and distribution lines to increase connectivity in Africa as it targets to connect 1.2 million customers in future,” Mutua remarked.

IEK chairman, Eng. Reuben Kosgei being in attendance was grateful for the invite. “We plan to pass a new constitution and on December 15, discussions will be held on how to make IEK a better organization. Various recommendations have been brought forward including embarking on an electronic voting system to eliminate issues of irregularities and rigging.  Secondly, we are working on a bill to incorporate technicians and technologists in an effort to have them as members of the engineering fraternity,” Eng. Kosgei stated.

The next speaker was chairman of Mhandisi Sacco, Eng. Matu Mwangi. Eng. Matu gave a brief history of how he started the Sacco after saving a certain amount of money. Mhandisi Sacco was launched in 2013 requires a registration fee of Sh5,000 with a minimum monthly payment of Sh5,000 and no limitation of a maximum, the minimum shares is 250 which are being sold at Sh20. 

“Engineers fail to unite and save wisely which is very bad. When one joins a savings and credit firm like Mhandisi can assist engineers to invest in various engineering sectors. A Sacco can help you establish your own firm and later on employ other people, a move that will have contributed to economic growth. I urge the young engineers to start saving early to support funding of their inventions and ideas, added Eng. Matu.

Speaking at the gala, ACEK chairman, Eng. James Mwangi called on engineers to exercise the code of conduct in executing government infrastructural projects as they put major recognition of the 40 per cent local content regulation.
A keynote address was made by PS, Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, Eng. Joseph Njoroge. “Today I decided to come and listen to what my fellow engineers had to say and interact with them. There is need for more contractors and engineers to take part in programs that the government has launched.”

He also applauded ACEK for forming the Young Professional Forum in a bid to encourage more young engineers to take up roles in maintaining projects that have already been established by engineers. He also requested professional firms to embrace the code of conduct to prove Kenyans that engineers are credible to offer sustainable solutions.

The PS was also awarded a wall hanging with an image of an elephant as a sign of unity. In conclusion, Eng. Joel Wanyoike appealed to government organizations like KeNHA, KeRRA and others to continue supporting graduates by offering internship opportunities in their organizations.

ACEK participates in various government and non-governmental institutions such as KEPSA, EBK, and Nairobi City Council, among others. ACEK held its FIDIC training in November and managed to train 60 trainees on contract management. It prospects to increase capacity building and development among contractors, improve on a well thought out governance, ensure accountability in procuring systems and improve customer services.

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