Kavindu seeks compensation for Machakos families that lost loved ones after KPLC disconnected power in Hospitals

Machakos Senator Agnes Kavindu is calling on KPLC to compensate families who lost their kin in hospitals due to power disconnections.

Speaking in Senate, Kavindu noted that in 2022 power was disconnected at Machakos Level 5 hospital resulting in the death of patients and children in incubators.

She noted that the power company should be held accountable for the deaths and the families compensated.

“I remember last year I received a call from someone whose patient was on oxygen at Machakos Level 5 hospital. Electricity had been disconnected for two days and by the time I arrived at the hospital the patient had died. Before going to the hospital I called the Minister for Energy in the county and urged him to ensure power is reinstated in the hospital,” said Kavindu.

“When I arrived, the power was back meaning the blackout was intentional. I would like to urge the power company to liaise with the County before disconnecting because the County can pay. It was very wrong for them to disconnect electricity at the hospitals,” she added.

Kavindu said she is collecting the records of people and children who died at Machakos hospitals due to power disconnection.

“When the report is ready I will present the report to the Senate because these people should be compensated by those involved, Kenya power or anyone else,” She added.

The Senator called upon other senators to do a follow-up in their counties and ensure those affected are compensated.

She urged County Governments to ensure they pay their electricity bills earlier to avoid disconnection.

Kavindu also called for County Governments to invest in automatic generators that can be relied on when power is off to avoid mishaps.

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