Is Kenya Power stealing from its customers? Senate committee grills KPLC Officials

Customers queueing to pay their bills at Stima Plaza | PHOTO COURTESY

BY LILIAN MUNTHEU – Inflated electricity bills have been a headache to most Kenyans for a while now and the senate energy committee is finally addressing the issue.

The Kenya Power and Lighting company has been put on the spotlight facing the accusations that they are stealing from innocent Kenyans and causing them financial and emotional distress.

Kenya’s power appeared before the Senate energy committee on Thursday but for some reason could not give a clear explanation as to why the electricity bills are so high sometimes.

‘’Why should a person in one bedroomed house who just uses electricity for lighting and listening to the radio get a bill of Ksh 12,000 in a month?’’ asked  Nyeri Senator Ephraim Maina.

Mr Maina also reminded Kenya Power that they were there to serve the Kenyan people and not extort them considering these complaints have been going on for long without any action being taken by Kenya Power.

‘’Something should be done urgently to help these ordinary people who are helpless, ‘’added Mr. Maina

Energy Chief Administrative Secretary Simon Kachapin who was present before the committee admitted that they were facing some challenges and that they were working on resolving the issues.

‘’I want to agree that there are instances of exaggerated bills but we have put in place mechanism for our customers to get assisted,’’ said Mr. Kachapin.