Dumsor Chronicles Flagstaff House must pay electricity bills - Kofi Kapito

President Mahama has explained that the country is shifting from hydro energy to thermal energy which is more expensive to produce hence the need to pay more for power.

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The Chief Executive Officer of the Consumer Protection Agency (CPA), Kofi Kapito has suggested that the Flagstaff House be moved onto the prepaid metering system to ensure that the presidency pays utility bills.

His comments came on the back of President John Mahama’s statement that Ghanaians should pay more utility tariffs if they want reliable power supply.

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President Mahama has explained that the country is shifting from hydro energy to thermal energy which is more expensive to produce hence the need to pay more for power.

“If we genuinely want reliable, sustainable power then the price will have to go up…that is the reality…if we don’t want any more dumsor then we will have to pay more,” the President said on Garden City Radio.

But according to Kofi Kapito, the presidency should pay utility bills for the Flagstaff House to set an example for Ghanaians.

“So everybody, including the president’s own residency including the Flagstaff House should pay their utility bills. Just as Whitehouse and other advanced countries pay their utilities, I think the time has come, if the president is saying so, then he must set an example,” he said on Eyewitness News.

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“Telling Ghanaians to pay realistic or pay more for utilities, I will also suggest to the president that he should try as much as possible to pay realistic wages for Ghanaian workers. Looking at the rate that Ghanaians are being paid, taxed, and stretched, I think it’s very unfortunate for the President to make a statement that he supports the upward increment of utility prices,” Kofi Kapito added.

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