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Kabarnet govt officers in darkness due to unsettled bills

08 May 2014, 14:06 Abongo Abongo

Nakuru - Over 500 government workers in Kabarnet town were forced to conduct their duties in the dark after Kenya Power disconnected power supply to their offices.

Area deputy County Commissioner, Noah Tonui who was among those affected confirmed the incident saying it was due to the pending bills.

Tonui said that some of the 41 departments housed in the building had not received their Authority to Incur Expenses (AIEs) and were thus unable to foot their bills.

He said that a during a meeting held on March 20, 2014 to deliberate on the issue, it was agreed that each department that was devolved should take a copy of the minutes to the Chief Officer in Charge so that money could be released to settle the bills.

He however noted that negotiations with Kenya Power were on-going to re-connect them as they wait for the AIEs.

The District Accountant, Willys Ojowi said the bill, amounting to KES 407 000 and water bill accrued to KES 76 000 had not been paid for the past nine months.

He noted that only six out of the 41 departments had paid their quarterly electricity bills which amount to a mere 48 000.

“When I noticed that the electricity bill had hit an all-time high of KES 357 000 in March, I knew we were up for disconnection.

“We hope for the AIEs will be released soon for the non-devolved departments,” said the accountant.

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