Gov't reduces electricity tariffs by 45% - 50% for the poor

Gov't reduces electricity tariffs by 45% - 50% for the poor

Government through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Organized Labour has reduced electricity tariffs by 45 and 50 percent for the poor and vulnerable in society.

What this means is that consumers who use between 0-50 band of electricity will enjoy a 45% reduction of their bill while 51-300 band will enjoy a 50% reduction.

Organized Labour was pushing for a blanket reduction from 59.2% to 50% in the tariffs but after weeks of maintaining its stance, government decided to reconsider the increases for consumers within the lowest band. The Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) in December 2015, increased electricity and water tariffs by 59.2% and 67.2% respectively. This was followed with an 18% to 27% increase in petroleum products which incensed the workers’s unions who say workers are being overburdened whiles salaries remain unchanged.

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