New KPLC tarrifs challenged in court
The Electricity Consumer Society of Kenya and three other petitioners have moved to court to stop Kenya Power from implementing the Tariffs which will increase the cost of power.
The petitioners are challenging the notice by the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) which indicated that electricity power costs/tariffs shall be increased from April 1, 2023.
They have sued EPRA, Kenya Power and the Attorney General over the intended hike of the electricity tariffs.
It is their case that in arriving at the proposed tariffs, Kenya Power and EPRA did not conduct a legitimate public participation exercise as it failed to provide timely and accurate information.
They further claim the power company did not provide feedback on their memoranda thereby disenfranchising the Kenyan public of their constitutional right to access to information, right to public participation and economic rights.
They want the court to issue conservatory orders restraining Kenya Power from implementing the Schedule of Tariffs set by EPRA slated for April 1, 2023.
In an affidavit, the Executive Director of the society, Isaac Ndereva (pictured), claimed that they were invited on January 21 to a stakeholder consultation workshop process which was held on February 8, 2023 at the KICC Amphitheatre, Nairobi, on the review of retail electricity tariffs.
“During the stakeholder consultation workshop, we raised very pertinent and weighty issues which the Respondents failed or refused to consider before publishing the impugned gazette notice which will cause an increase in electricity costs thereby subjecting the Kenyan public to untold economic hardship, mental anguish and suffering,” stated Ndereva in court documents.