News - Afghanistan
Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), Afghanistan's power company, on Wednesday started disconnecting electricity supplies to homes and businesses of those who have not paid their bills.
Accompanied by members of the media, DABS officials started their switch off campaign after having issued warnings to defaulters over the past few months.
DABS officials said that over 600 accounts are in arrears.
"There was a deadline for all defaulters to settle their accounts but a large number of them did not pay. We have been instructed to reveal their identities and to cut their power. Today we will cut their power," DABS Chairman Mirwais Alimi said.
Among those named by DABS as being in arrears are Gul Agha Sherzai a former presidential candidate; Haji Mir Alam, a Jihadi commander; former minister of information and culture Sayed Makhdoom Raheen; Mavlawi Fazl Hadi; presidential adviser Shaker Kargar; Wolesi Jirga Speaker Abdul Raouf Ibrahimi; parliamentarian Obaidullah Barakzai; Yasar company; MTN telecommunication company; Badakhshan police chief Gen. Baba Jan; former Jihadi leader Baba Jalandar and oil businessman Abdul Basir.
"Some of them are using their influence and some others are using electricity illegally. But today, in the presence of the media, we will go to their front doors and cut their power," said Wahidullah Wahid head of public relations of DABS.
In addition, a number of DABS employees raised concerns over the bullying of officials and said that often they disconnect their electricity but they [customers] reconnect it again [illegally].
"Many times we disconnect power but they reconnect it. But we don't know who reconnects them," said Hashmatullah a local director for DABS.
"I have worked as deputy head of the department of electricity for Khair Khana, but each time I cut power [to those living in the area] they get reconnected [without settling their bills]," said Maiwand Deputy Director of the Department of Electricity for Khair Khana area in Kabul.
According to DABS officials the defaulters in Kabul collectively owe more than one billion Afs.
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