Power outage in Abim: Locals petition PACMECS
“I didn’t know that letter addressed to me was a petition.”
By Kinyera Anthony Lakomekec
Abim –February 12, 2022: Locals in Abim district on Wednesday, February 9 2022 filed a petition through their Lawyer demanding Pader and Abim Community Multipurpose Electric Cooperative Society Limited (PACMECS) to rectify their poor service delivery in the district.
In their petition signed by 40 locals, the petitioners stated that they want all the damaged poles, broken cables fixed and that they must waive off all the service fees for three months during which power was not there from the consumers.
George Owilli Douglas from Abim and one of the petitioners said that the letter is addressed to the chairperson of PACMECS, highlighting what their petition wants.
Owilli added, “Failure to comply with the demands stated in the petition from the locals will make us prefer forceful eviction of all the staff of PACMECS working in Abim district.”
According to Owilli, upon arrival at PACMECS offices, they didn’t find the chairperson but were welcomed by Phillip Ocaya, PACMECS’ engineer.
He said Ocaya apologized and promised that the errors will be immediately rectified including; availing transformers to Abim SSS, replacing weak poles, among others.
The chairperson board of directors, PACMECS is Simon Odoch. He said, “I didn’t know that letter addressed to me was a petition.”
“The power outages in that particular area were not intended but due to lack of loader to carry poles for replacement, among others,” he told TND News.
Odoch further added that they are having a meeting with the affected people so that they sort out the power outage issue.
Abim district chairperson, Rt. Capt. Yoventine Omara before assuming office stated in a meeting held last year that they had opted together with the former district chairperson to change the company that supplies Abim with power, citing poor service delivery.