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MPs' secret plan to end Kenya Power laxity revealed

03 May 2016, 09:53 Gabriel Ngallah

Mombasa - The amendment to the energy Bill, 2015 passed last week by the National Assembly will put to an end the Kenya Power laxity in conducting its operations countrywide.

Mvita Member of Parliament who sponsored the amendment at the National Assembly said that Mombasa has been hit by severe power blackouts without notice by Kenya Power.

Speaking in Mombasa on Monday, the Member of Parliament said that Kenyans have suffered losses due to power outages and some even lost their lives due to uncontrolled current flow in their meters caused by perennial blackouts.

Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir said that most of the power outages experienced in Mombasa are out of laxity by Kenya Power technicians, saying some of the technicians are the main cause of such blackouts.

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“The amendment to the energy Bill, 2015 which was passed by the National Assembly on 28th of April this year will compel Kenya Power to compensate customers in case of power outages, poor quality of power supply, irregularity of power supply, negligence and if a consumer incurs financial losses or suffers physical injuries or any other case in written law,” he said.

The Mvita legislator said the business community especially in Mombasa has been counting losses due to power outages.

“We have gone to Kenya Power offices in Mombasa several times only to be received by empty offices while the business community is counting losses. We are pushing this new law until it is assented by the President,” added Abdulswamad.

Areas that are hard hit by power blackouts in Mombasa include Magongo, Kisauni and Likoni areas where sellers of perishable goods and operators of butcheries have complained of poor services from the Kenya Power company.

If the bill sails through the Senate and is assented by the President, Kenya Power company we will have no option but to compensate its customers whenever they experience blackouts or any other problem attributed to Kenya Power failures.

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