BPC plays hard and dirty with defaulters

Electricity consumers who fail to pay their bills will find themselves plunged in darkness, as it happened on Sunday in Gaborone’s Block 8 suburb with some that had defaulted.

Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) insists it is not going to babysit anyone who fails to honour bills and will cut the power supply without prior warning.

Block 8 residents argue that the national power utility should have been more considerate especially considering the financial difficulties people face in January.

Oaratiwa Mompe said the corporation should have given her prior warning of an imminent electricity disconnection at her house before going ahead with the plan.

But BPC spokesperson Spencer Moreri maintains the corporation made its intentions clear through advertisements placed in the media before resorting to cutting off consumers who have failed to honour their payment agreements since converting from post paid to prepaid electricity.

Although he was not sure of the exact figure, Moreri said the corporation was owed millions of pula by defaulting electricity users. On top of blocking metres, the BPC would even go as far as taking some people to court, adds Moreri. The exercise is ongoing in Lobatse, Gaborone, Franscistown and Selebi-Phikwe.