Vihiga County Commissioner's offices in two-week blackout over KES 0.5M debt
29 June 2016, 15:45
Nairobi - Electricity has been disconnected at Vihiga County Commissioner's building since Thursday last week.
The disconnection was occasioned by a debt exceeding Sh500,000.
County Commissioner Apollo Okello said departments were contributing towards offsetting the debt.
"I have called for Heads of Departments' meeting to help sought out the issue," said Okello.
The disconnection has stalled important services like issuance of identity cards, birth certificates among others, with only Treasury department using a generator to run.
Mr Okello noted so far, they have been able to raise just Sh120,000 from various departments towards the debt.
"We want to see whether we can negotiate with Kenya Power so that electricity is connected back," Okello said.
He noted earlier arrangements that his predecessor had set allowed for departments to contribute towards the average monthly bill of Sh60,000.
"I am barely a month in this region, but the debts seem to backdate to close to a year," he said.
Power black outs in Vihiga County have been rampant with residents blaming the region's office of lackluster.
The residents note that although they are often disconnected frequently, the Mbale office fails to serve them appropriately.
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