Page 11: 900, 000 with bad bills won’t be cut off
Close to a million electricity consumers were sent erroneous bills last month, the ERC has admitted. Of the 6.5 million consumers, 900, 000 were affected by the errors arising from a Kenya Power system upgrade done last year, said ERC boss Pavel Oimeke. Oimeke has therefore requested the electricity distributor to resolve all the queries. Meantime, the ERC chief says the parastatal has identified a way of addressing the high cost of electricity, which he attributed to ‘system losses’ due to movement of power due to movement of power from one point to another. Oimeke has pointed out that the affect ted customers will not be disconnected over non-payment of erroneous bills.
*Read the story in the Business Daily on Page 6.
Page 30: Caption
In this caption, the PS Environment Charles Sunkuri, the Green Development MD Hravard Norstebo and Samsung Electronics PR head Patricia King’ori are at the launch of the Samsung Ethanol Stove Project that aims at reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
*See the caption in the Business Daily on Page 2. There is also an Ethanol-related story in the Business Daily on Page 19.
Page 30: Cost of living up in January on expensive food and energy
The cost of living shot up in January with the cost of food and energy being the usual culprits. As per this news item, the cost of living measure rose to 4.83 per cent from 4.50 per cent in December, where it had touched a 55-monthlow. Specifically, the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) says transport costs were on the climb, in response to rising fuel pump prices as did electricity prices.
*Read the story in the Business Daily on Page 2.
Page 26: Man fined Sh5m for vandalism
From Uasin Gishu, reports emerge to the effect that Alfred Oduor has been fined Sh5 million for stealing power cables worth Sh5, 000. The fellow will spend a year in jail if he fails to raise the amount. Oduor was allegedly arrested in Eldoret on November 22 last year with 100 conductor cables bearing Kenya Power serial numbers. He has been cooling his heels in police cells since November 23 after he failed to raise a bond.
Page 31 – CS: Electricity bills estimates to end
There is a welcome assurance from CS Charles Keter that there will be no more electricity bill estimates which have in the past seen consumers pay inflated charges owing to guesswork by meter readers. Keter told the Parliamentary Committee on Energy yesterday that his ministry had directed Kenya Power to ensure that no consumer received estimated power bills. To enforce this, Keter revealed that the national electricity distributor had provided its meter readers with a gadget that will only work within a radius of 50 metres to ensure that they feed the consumption data when they are on location. Previously, meter readers just relaxed under trees and estimated the amount of electricity consumed.