Senate Says BPE Staff Compromised by GENCOs and DISCOs

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The Senate has raised questions about the ability of staff of the Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE) to supervise the privatisation of the power sector, saying they have been compromised with gifts from the power companies.

Speaking during the second day of the investigative hearing of the Senate ad-hoc committee on power which is currently investigating the privatisation of the nation’s power sector, the senators said that some members of staff of the BPE who are on the boards of some of the registered power generation and distribution companies received exotic Prado jeeps as gifts and that this had impacted on the supervisory function of the BPE over the power companies which have 40% government equity.

In response, the Director General of the BPE, Mr Benjamin Dikki, denied that his agency has been compromised, saying it has been steadfast in its responsibility of ensuring a perfect process of privatising the sector for efficient service delivery. He also denied that he has ever received any gratification in the course of discharging his responsibilities and asked the Senate to direct further investigation on the alleged car gifts to the affected firms.

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