Cut off power from City Hall and ‘we’ll clamp your build­ings’

KPLC says city owes Sh732 mil­lion. City says KPLC owes Sh400 mil­lion. Nairobi will re­tal­i­ate if the power com­pany shuts of power to hos­pi­tals, schools and fa­cil­i­ties

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - CHRISPINUS WEKESA @Chrispi­nusW

City Hall has warned the Kenya Power and Light­ing Com­pany not to dis­con­nect elec­tric­ity from its fa­cil­i­ties over Sh732 mil­lion debt.

The city-county says KPLC owes it Sh400 mil­lion. The warn­ing comes be­fore ex­pected court in­ter­ven­tion.

The Nairobi gov­ern­ment wants KPLC blocked from dis­con­nect­ing elec­tric­ity to pub­lic hos­pi­tals and schools over power bill.

The KPLC threat­ened to dis­con­nect power at City Hall An­nex, Pumwani Hos­pi­tal, Mama Lucy Hos­pi­tal, pub­lic pri­mary and nurs­ery schools, county de­pots and to turn off street lights.

Court doc­u­ments say the money was owed by the old City Coun­cil and the county says it should be paid by the na­tional gov­ern­ment. The ad­min­is­tra­tion of Gover­nor Evans Kidero says the bill was not trans­ferred to the county, hence, it should not be forced to pay.

Yes­ter­day, a se­nior county of­fi­cer said if KPLC switches off power in hos­pi­tals, the county will re­tal­i­ate by clamp­ing en­trances of Kenya Power premises over Sh400 mil­lion debt. Nairobi de­mands that amount in un­paid rent for elec­tric­ity poles and way leaves.

Chief ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cer John Ntoiti yes­ter­day said KPLC owes the county Sh362 mil­lion in way leaves alone. “If we in­clude rent for their poles, then we are talk­ing about more than Sh400 mil­lion,” he said.

In the past, the city has clamped pri­vate premises, in­clud­ing five-star ho­tels and busi­ness cen­tres over debts.

In Oc­to­ber last year, the county clamped the en­trance of KPLC’s Stima Plaza over a Sh608 mil­lion debt for elec­tric­ity poles and way leaves. This was af­ter the com­pany dis­con­nected elec­tric­ity to City Hall over Sh400 mil­lion debt.

On Wed­nes­day evening, the KPLC Power dis­con­nected elec­tric­ity at City Hall for fail­ing to clear power bills. How­ever, power was re­stored at mid­night.

/PA­TRICK VIDIJA

A view of Stima Plaza in Park­lands

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