Officials from REA say investment in the distribution infrastructure alone is not sufficient in promoting electrification. One key factor in the electrification equation is the high cost charged by distribution companies to connect a customer, as well as the cost for house wiring.
The minimum wiring costs for a household is estimated at about $90 (about Shs333,498) for a small house. These expenditures are well beyond the average monthly income of a household, which is less than $50 (about Shs185,276).
To carry out the free connections, government says it will need Shs2.6 trillion for the next 10 years.
Source: Daily Monitor