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INTERVIEW: Katutura Residents Committee’s Shaun Gariseb on Electricity Tariff Increase Request to The Electricity Control Board

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Katutura, Windhoek – The Katutura Residents Committee, led by Shaun Gariseb, has taken a firm stance against the proposed 10% electricity tariff increase by the City of Windhoek. This objection comes in accordance with the Electricity Act 4 of 2007, section 43 of the Electricity Regulations, as amended by Government Notice 158 of 2020, which came into force on July 22, 2020.

Objections and Legal Framework

Shaun Gariseb, representing the interests of the Katutura residents, formally approached the Electricity Control Board (ECB) to register their objections. In line with Regulation 6 and responding to the ECB’s invitation for public objections, Gariseb emphasized several key points:

  1. Pending Legal Case: There is an ongoing legal case between the ratepayers and the City of Windhoek concerning outstanding electricity debts. Implementing a tariff increase amid unresolved legal disputes is deemed inappropriate.
  2. Economic and Social Considerations: Gariseb argued that the proposed hike does not consider the current economic conditions and the financial struggles of the residents. He highlighted the necessity for decisions that reflect the socio-economic realities of the community, questioning the rationale behind the proposed increase.
  3. Escalated Debts: The city’s escalating electricity debts, compounded by interest, have already burdened the residents significantly. An additional tariff increase would exacerbate this burden, making it untenable for many households in Katutura.

Call to Action

On June 7, Gariseb submitted the objection, urging the ECB to reject the City of Windhoek’s proposal. He stressed that any decision to raise tariffs should be made with a thorough understanding of the residents’ financial hardships and the broader economic context. Gariseb and the Katutura Residents Committee are awaiting an acknowledgment of their submission from the ECB, which they expect within seven days.


The Katutura Residents Committee remains steadfast in advocating for fair and just electricity tariffs that consider the community’s economic challenges. Shaun Gariseb’s objection to the proposed 10% increase is a critical step in ensuring that the voices of Katutura’s residents are heard and considered in the decision-making process. As the community awaits the ECB’s response, the committee continues to work tirelessly to protect the interests of Katutura’s residents.

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Written by: Leonard Witbeen

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