Government offices in planned Cenored power shutdown

24 Jan 2019 15:20pm
OTJIWARONGO, 24 JAN (NAMPA) – Central North Regional Electricity Distributor (Cenored) customers with overdue electricity bills should expect a shutdown of power supply on Friday.
Those affected include the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry’s regional offices according to Charlie Matengu, Cenored's Public Relations Officer, in a media statement issued on Thursday.
“Other Government ministries and agencies that owe huge amounts of money for electricity already supplied in the Otjozondjupa, Kunene and Omaheke regions should expect the same treatment,” said Matengu.
He singled out clients like the Namibia Water Corporation, which owes over N.dollars 5 million, Otjinene Village Council with nearly N.dollars 609 000 and Sandveld Agricultural Research Station in the Omaheke Region, owing N.dollars 2.5 million, as being targeted on Friday.
Outjo Municipality in the Kunene Region is also not exempted, if it does not make any payment or tangible arrangements by Thursday or early Friday.
“We have made many attempts in writing, held face-to-face discussions and through regular telephone enquiries to them, but nothing. Now we are only left with the option of cutting them off,” he said.
Matengu warned that if clients continue to owe Cenored, the company in future will also not honour its primary mandate of purchasing bulk electricity from NamPower and then distributing it to clients in the Otjozondjupa, Kunene, Oshikoto and Omaheke regions.
Matengu said the planned shutdown on Friday does not mean punishing clients in debt, but to allow them time to look for funds and settle their electricity accounts while the bills are still affordable.
Matengu urged all clients to continue paying their monthly electricity bills for Cenored to be able to constantly supply electricity to them.