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Pres. Weah submits bill to alter portion of Energy Law

Maximilian Kasseh, Jr.
President George Manneh Weah
President George Manneh Weah

MONROVIA, LIBERIA - President George Weah has submitted to the Liberian Senate a bill seeking to amend certain portion of the Energy law of Liberia.

The Bill titled an Act to amend the Penal Kaw Chapter 15,by adding a new section15.88 to provide for power theft was read by Plenary Thursday, April 25,2019.

According President Weah’s communication, the bill seeks to improve the energy sector in boosting Government’s Pro-Poor Agenda.

The communication furthered that Government losses about 35 million United States Dollars yearly as a result of power theft, as such power theft is a crime that that damages the economy.
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,” was 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.”


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