Some Irate youth at Manya Kpongunor in the Lower Manya Krobo District of the Eastern region on Wednesday clashed with the police in the area over an ongoing mass disconnection exercise by Power Distribution Services (PDS) over unpaid bills.
Information gathered so far indicates that a 14-year-old boy lost his life in the scuffle with several others sustaining injuries as the police fired gunshots and used tear gas to disperse the crowd.
To stop the PDS from embarking on the exercise, the irate youth in the community organised a spontaneous protest to petition the Municipal Chief Executive for the Area, Kwaku Simon Tetteh, over concerns such as over billing by PDS and the ongoing mass disconnection exercise.
In an interview on Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem show, an engineer at the Volta River Authority and resident in the area, Tetteh Pardi, said the PDS bills had, for sometime now, not been forthcoming.
“We were paying our bills until PDS began issuing ridiculous amounts to us and for about two to three years now, most people do not even get the bills at all and even when you request for it, they don’t bring it. So why should they bring the police on us?” he asked.
The PDS is embarking on a mass disconnection exercise dubbed ‘Revenue Mobilisation’ with armed Police personnel in Somanya, Odumase Krobo and its environs.
The exercise, they said, had become necessary due to the failure by many residents to pay their electricity bills since 2017, a situation which they believe had led to revenue shortfalls.