Coronavirus: Governor Mutua calls on govt to waive electricity and water bill
Machakos Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua is now calling on the government to waive electricity and water bills for households as means of cushioning Kenyans from economic hardship instigated by Coronavirus pandemic
According to him, Kenya Power should waive domestic electricity bills for the next six months and public water companies around the country.
“The electricity waiver can be up to a certain level of usage that is enough for household use for lighting and other household appliances use. Over consumption can then be charged. Businesses and industries’ bills should also receive a 50% discount to cushion them during these slow economic times,” said Mutua in a statement on Sunday.
The suspension of household electricity bills would not deal a major financial dent on Kenya Power, says Mutua and that the electricity distributor can afford to waive charges for even a year.
“It is at times like these that we need to remember that Kenya is not only for the able and rich. Majority of Kenyans live from hand to mouth and struggle to make ends meet. There is need to cushion them using practical measures which only reduce profits of some companies without affecting their operations.
“Last year, for example, Kenya Power declared a whopping profit of Ksh.334 million. Studying the company’s declared financial estimates and revenue, it is clear that KPLC can afford to waive power charges for households for even a year,” added Mutua.