South Eastern St Andrew, MP, Julian Robinson, says he’s received legal advice that a strong case could be brought against the Jamaica Public Service for its alleged practice of temporarily suspending service to legal customers due to high incidence of electricity theft in their communities.
Mr. Robinson, says he’ll be pursuing other opinions while waiting to see what action will be taken by the Office of Utilities Regulation and the Government.
Mr. Robinson was speaking on Nationwide This Morning, with Danielle Archer and Tauna Thomas.
Public Relations Manager at the JPS, Audrey Williams has reportedly said the company has been forced to regulate supply to communities with high incidents of electricity theft in order to contain the cost to paying customers.
She said some of the outages are also due to damaged equipment as a result of the high level of theft.
However, Mr. Robinson says what ever justification is used, it remains unfair to legitimate customers.
Mr. Robinson says the issue is not limited to the communities located in the constituencies of Opposition Members of Parliament.
He says both the Government and the OUR must play their part in addressing the issue.
Julian Robinson, Member of Parliament for South East St. Andrew.