Pres. Weah Submits Power Theft Bill to Senate

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President George Weah is expected to complete PUL project.

After losing US$35M yearly

President George Weah on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, submitted for enactment into law a bill to amend the Penal Law, Chapter 15, by adding thereto a new section 15.88 to provide for Power Theft to be considered a crime that sabotages country’s development.

President Weah reminded the lawmakers in his communication that power theft damages the country’s economic development, “and is a crime akin to sabotaging the economy, it destroys life and property when dangerous when illegal connections are made, sometimes causing fire outbreak.”

Weah furthered that the high cost of electricity is also a direct result of massive power theft in the country, noting, “There have been demonstrations in so many communities where transformers are overloaded by illegal customers due to power theft.”

He added, “Statistics show that 10 percent of power theft will cost the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) US$8 million today, because of the increase in illegal connections, which the LEC is losing in excess of US$35 million per year to electricity theft. This huge loss is preventing the LEC from extending supply to many areas of the country where citizens are crying out for electricity, and also preventing the corporation from connecting many businesses that can offer much needed employment opportunities to many Liberians.”

President Weah then expressed confidence that the Legislature will enact into law the Act, which he said will improve the country’s energy sector in support of the government’s Pro-poor agenda for Prosperity and Development.

The bill, sponsored by Grand Kru County Peter Coleman was sent to the relevant committees and, due to “the importance attached to it,” were requested to report to plenary within a week from Tuesday, April 20, 2019.

“As good as the bill appears to be, the major problem will be government’s ability and/or willingness to implement punishment for illegal connectors, as most culprits are from either the vote rich slum communities, or even some big names within the LEC system itself,” a former LEC top brass told our reporter. The source added that the illegal connections have now become “a very lucrative business in Monrovia, involving foreign nationals, some of them illegal residents.”

4 COMMENTS

  1. Though this CDC Government is unable to honestly and legally prosecute the Miss Parker’s economic sabotage case, but is proposing a new bill to punish petty criminals stealing current for survival. And so, big thieves can ride the legal system and go free, but small thieves are punished to the letter of the law. Wow! This too, is Liberia.

  2. General Leeway,
    I totally disagree with you. However, let’s agree that there are two kinds of crimes you alluded to in your comment:

    * White color crime and
    * Blue color crime.

    Your argument castigates Weah because his ineptitude disabled him from prosecuting Parker’s malfeasance. (white color crime). But on the other hand, instead of giving him an inch of a credit, you condemn Weah because he came up with a stern warning proposal that punishes criminals who steal current. (Blue color crime)

    General Leewaye, your argument is not persuasive!
    First of all, a crime is a crime regardless of its weight or magnitude. The theft of a single coin is an abomination just as it is an abomination to steal a million dollars. Your argument tells us that Weah was unable to punish a bigger crime that was committed by Miss Parker. In the same document, you tell us that Weah punishes or only gets tough on people who commit petty crime. (The foregoing are not your exact words. But the substance cannot be ruled out.)

    You did not accurately tell your readers why Weah is getting tough on criminals who scheme illegally as a way of life. Let’s take a look at two of the main reasons why it was logical for Weah to give a warning:

    * According to the author, Weah had to intervene because “illegal theft” of current sometimes causes fire.

    * Finally, the author states that eletrical power theft puts at least 8 million dollars in the pockets of criminals who are engaged in this business.

    Given all of that, where did Weah go wrong General Leewaye? Had Weah not spoken out strongly against petty crime, he would have been condemned.

    I think we should find ways in which our country will be helped, and not maligned.

    Lastly, please be informed that I am not a paid agent.

  3. This is not necessary, what should done is for the president to issue executive order on power theft, that will do the trick immediately, while the bill is being crafted.

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