I woke up again to no electricity this morning. I went home to no electricity last night. I hate to think how many people have suffered, got sick or died through the electricity supply problems in Kosovo. Minus 10 really hurts here. The air is wet and the wind screams through the valley. It can be cold dark and intensely depressing. For those that are old or young it can be deadly. I guess no one here wants to see their family members dead from the cold or from the suicidal depression a lack of power can cause. Mind you, there do seem to be a few people that don't seem to care.
Electricity before the war apparently was not a problem. The Serbs managed and ran the power station which is self sufficient as it is built next to a coal mine. When the Serbs got out they took some parts which effectively closed down the power station before the UN got here. I can understand that this must have been a huge problem - European Power experts and an old Russian designed Power station. This of course needed to be fixed and fast.
KEK, the Kosovo Electricity company received an alleged 600 million Euro in aid. They say they received only 132m. So what happened to 468 million Euro? Apparently some people took it. Apparently one International got arrested in Germany and I guess there are several Kosovars that have made a nice little profit out of this aid money. Meanwhile their fellow people many of whom fought in the war for their freedom now sit in the dark and the cold. As a cynic you could argue that the only people who won that war were those that are thieves, those that took and those that did not give for their country. This has left many of those who gave with a sense that life was better when the Serbs were around.
Of course, I don't want to dwell on the past, nor do I want to focus on the negative side of things, so I have devised a manifesto for KEK, a state owned company and thus under the jurisdiction of the UN. I pay taxes in England and Sweden, a percentage of my tax goes to the UN. The UN own KEK, therefore so do I. As an investor in KEK here is my manifesto:
I demand people within KEK to have a number one priority of service to Kosovars. I want to see each worker, manager and director pledge to try as hard as they can to provide the best quality service possible. Anyone not fulfilling this pledge of ''service for Kosovo'' should be replaced.
I demand public accountability. I want to see where my money is being spent and how electricity payments are being used.
I demand a zero tolerance policy on corruption.
I want to see in public the faces of those that are in charge of KEK, those that are tasked with providing electricity for all.
I want to see the UN bring each person that took from KEK to court. I want to see them tried and sentenced and I want to see them put in prison as an example to all. Incidentally, please switch off the power to their cells until they pay.
Lastly I want to see a long term plan towards environmentally friendly service.
KEK are currently running a ''say'' YES'' campaign to payment. I want to see KEK working harder than ever to providing a quality, corruption free service for the people of Kosovo.
Dear KEK, say yes to my manifesto, say yes to quality, say yes to service and say yes to accountability and maybe, just maybe the people of Kosovo might say yes to you.
Say yes to cancer. The KEK power station; a view from downtown Pristina.
Tom Calthrop, Hatton Garden, Dominica