Machakos Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua now wants the Kenya Power & Lighting Company (KPLC) to waive electric bills for household consumption for the next six months.
Mutua says, “Due to the slowdown of the economy perpetuated by the Coronavirus pandemic, and in anticipation of further stringent measures by our Central Government, I propose more economic actions to further cushion mwananchi from its effects.”
The Governor further wants the National Treasury to waive VAT charges on cooking gas and paraffin saying it will ensure households have money left to buy food and other essential commodities.
He has also called on public water companies around the Country not to charge Kenyans for water for household consumption for a similar period.
Mutua says the electricity waiver can be up to a certain level of usage, enough for for lighting and use of other household appliances.
The Governor said businesses and industries’ bills should also receive a 50% discount to cushion them during these slow economic times.
“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.” He said.
The Governor said KPLC declared a whooping profit of Ksh 334 million last year and can therefore afford to waive power charges for households for even a year.
He said he will waive all water charges for household consumption in Machakos county from May 1st until the end of the year, Dec 31st, 2020, as they continue working towards free domestic water in the whole of Machakos County.