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NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya plans to connect an extra one million consumers to its national electricity grid in the next two years, the president said on Wednesday, as the country strives to boost rural electrification.

East Africa's largest economy is beset by regular power outages due to insufficient electricity generation and a dilapidated transmission network. Business leaders say the blackouts are curbing economic growth.

Kenya Power and Lighting Company, the country's sole power distributor, said it has 1.6 million customers that serve about eight million people, accounting for 22 percent of the population.

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