Cenored disconnecting electricity to customers in arrears

23 Oct 2017 18:00pm
OTJIWARONGO, 23 OCT (NAMPA) - The Central North Regional Electricity Distributor (Cenored) is busy disconnecting electricity supply to customers in arrears and those who have not signed power purchase agreements.
Cenored Executive Manager for Corporate Services, Ekonia Mudjanima said at a media briefing at Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region on Monday the termination of electricity supply will not affect pre-paid electricity meter holders.
Mudjanima said Cenored is owed nearly N.dollars 30 million by customers in unpaid electricity services already supplied to them through the post-meter electricity systems.
“All affected customers were given written notifications, received text messages and it was accompanied by one-to-one discussions with our officials,” he said, referring to the power purchase agreement that was supposed to be entered into with the medium to large electricity consumers like lodges, businesses, farms, schools and Government offices.
Mudjanima said the power purchase agreement, which does not offer new tariffs or conditions on electricity supply but rather acts as a legally binding agreement between Cenored and its customers, will not be applicable to individual households, but to structures using medium to large electricity units.
About 200 customers using heavy electricity allegedly have not signed any agreement with the company as was supposed to happen, said the Cenored manager.
He urged customers with outstanding electricity bills to contact or engage the company on how their bills can be settled.
Cenored warned that the disconnection of electricity, which started last week, is underway at Okahandja where three businesses have been left in the dark, while several Government institutions in Otjiwarongo were also left without power.
The electricity distributor, however, said power will be restored to the affected establishments once payment is done or arrangement with Cenored made.
Cenored also distributes electricity to the Omaheke, Kunene and Oshikoto regions.