4 000 petition against power hike

A petition calling for ministerial intervention against the Electricity Control Board’s (ECB) decision to increase the electricity tariff by 8% has reached over 4 000 signatures in just four days.

The decision by the ECB means effective 1 July, Namibians will pay between N$2,50 and N$3 per unit of electricity.

Katutura Residents Committee spokesperson Shaun Gariseb, who started the petition, says residents were not consulted adequately and the tariff hike will add further financial distress to poor households.

“All residents are affected in these tough financial times, it will negatively affect individuals and businesses,” Gariseb said on Monday.

The petition calls on mines and energy minister Tom Alweendo to use his ministerial powers to intervene and review ECB’s tariff hike.

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