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Current load shedding not technical, it is financial mismanagement – John Jinapor

March 12, 2024
John Jinapor, the Ranking Member of the Energy Committee in Parliament
Ranking Member of the Energy Committee in Parliament Hon John Jinapor,

, the Ranking Member of the Energy Committee in , has accused the (ECG) of disseminating misinformation regarding the recent spate of intermittent power outages, commonly known as dumsor.

According to Mr. Jinapor, the ECG's explanation attributing the outages to overloaded and faulty transformers is inaccurate. Contrary to the technical glitches cited by the ECG, he contends that the widespread load shedding is a consequence of financial issues rather than technical problems.

“We have been monitoring the situation, and just yesterday, we laid hands on the PURC's cash Waterfall Mechanism Validation Report for January 2024. I can confidently but sadly confirm to you that the current load shedding is not technical; it is financial. It is due to mismanagement,” stated Mr. Jinapor.

Mr. Jinapor further characterized the situation as a gross abuse of the cash waterfall mechanism and mismanagement of funds. He challenges the narrative presented by the ECG, asserting that the root cause of the power outages lies in financial mismanagement rather than technical faults.

“It is a gross abuse of the cash waterfall mechanism and mismanagement of the funds,” he emphasized.

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