The never-ending madness of parastatals follows us in 2011. Earlier this month, a Southern Minister proudly announced that he had ordered Southern Water and Sewerage Company (SWASCO) to reconnect water to all prisons in the region, which were disconnected over K160 million unpaid bills : "Three weeks ago in the prisons, water was disconnected over K160 million bill. Can we kill people? Some people are in prisons by implication. Yesterday, I ordered SWASCO to connect water immediately so we remain to sort out the money issue".
Uuh...no we can't kill people, but your administration can pay for off its debt! If the government values prisoners so much surely they should ensure that they pay their bill like everyone else - on time. They have been in government for two decades and they still fail to settle their debts. What level of incompetence is this? As we have tracked on this series, the failure to pay parastatals the debt owed to them is one of the main reasons for their under-performance. This is also confirmed in careful reading of the Auditor General's Report for 2008 (Parastatals). It is also the reason why many believe that the only way to run parastatals effective is to de-link them from government. How else does someone eliminate this incompetency?
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