Blackout hits Kenya

Blackout hits Kenya

Only one in four Kenyans has access to electricity, according to The Socio-Economic Atlas of Kenya published by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS).
Thus, 10 million Kenyans don’t benefit from this crucial resource.
Despite this, its use is unevenly distributed throughout the country, with only seven out of 47 counties showing rates above the national average. The mapping indicates that use of electricity is predominant in densely populated areas and in urban centres especially along the great north road.
Meanwhile, almost half of Kenya’s population is poor.
But there are sub-locations in Wajir, Mandera, and Turkana that have poverty incidences of roughly 85%, meaning that eight to nine of every ten people are living below the poverty line.
In contrast, parts of Nairobi, Kiambu, Kirinyaga, and Nyeri, have poverty incidences of below 30%, meaning that seven of every ten people are non-poor.
The same mapping shows that about two-thirds of Kenyan households (63%) own one or several mobile phones.
Mobile phones havebrought great advantages in terms of communication and service provision – M-Pesa and access to the Internet.

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