The Chief Administrative Secretary, CAS, for Public Service and Gender, Beatrice Elachi narrated an incident that might just happen to discourage many waheshimiwa’s from helping out needy and desperate families, especially at such a time when the country is experiencing biting economic pangs occasioned by the recent sharp increase of fuel at the pumps.
Elachi was speaking when she appeared on KTN’s weekly political show, Crossfire, which is usually hosted by Sophia Wanuna, but was conducted by Akisa Wandera this time round. The all-women panel also consisted of Migori County Women Representative Pamela Adhiambo, and Uasin Gishu Women Representative, Gladys Shollei.
Elachi said that just that very same day, she had seen some quite disturbing scene on social media whereby a young boy was huddled under a street light in the dark cold night with his books and pen, struggling to study. When she asked why the kid was doing that, she was informed that it was because his mother, who was a single mother, couldn’t afford money for electricity tokens, yet the boy needed to do his school assignment.
Touched by the plight of the family, Elachi said she organised for someone to go and take care of the electricity bill. However, to her shock and consternation, when the automated system reply came back it showed that after paying the small amount she owed Kenya Power, she now had a debt of 47 thousand.
Elachi said that this was a clear and obvious case of inaccurate billing since a simple look at the humble woman’s house appliances was enough to show that there was no way she could possibly accrue a fraction of such arrears even over a period of many unpaid years. She said she felt sorry for the woman since it now meant that she would have to begin the lengthy and tedious process of following up with Kenya Power to make sure that her records were reading correctly.
She shared this while addressing the current issue of power, which has been compounded by the skyrocketed fuel prices.
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