You can’t fool all of the people all of the time

“The renovation continued till March 31, and most areas are complete. However, most of the populated areas are left, where work is continuing at a slow pace,” a KESC spokesman told the Daily Times.

that the majority of Karachi is unpopulated – something most people who have ever ventured in to Karachi would be startled to discover. Why is this man being paid to make an ass of himself and the KESC?

8 Comments so far

  1. MB (unregistered) on April 13th, 2007 @ 3:12 pm

    First of all , thank you for the post but the LINK is pointing towards wrong page i guess. Check it

    Second, i remember last year on ARY the KESC guy Mr Sultan something promised in clear Urdu that next year Karachi wont face any problem and he request the people not to be angry & damage KESC property etc.

    My friend who was sitting with me said I can bet that Next year will be worse then this year & this guy is lying at our face. I asked him how he can say this. He said he has two friends in his locality who work in KESC & have told me some horrible stories of the reality inside.

    When i told him that the German guy F. Schmidt is at the top & has extensive experience working in Siemens, my friend laughed at me. Confused by this attitude I said why he is laughing at me/him

    “Wo gadha hai” he said sarcastically
    “Kion” I inquired
    “wo apna laptop ley ker ghoomta hair or request kerta hai logun se ki electicity chori na karian, usko gadhey ko koi batai ki ye qom dunda sumujhti hai or jo areas chori ker rahay hain unke log toh khud gov mai baithey huey hain un per kis ki himmat hai ki haath daley”

    ” toh phri hoga kia “ I asked
    “hona kia hai mai tumko likh ker deta hun ye es ko (Frank Schmidt) bhaga daingey tum daikhna “

    Amused by my confusion he said ” shart lagatey ho”
    Known our previous track record I decline to have a verbal sharth

    And then we got this news.

    German CEO never wanted to leave but was forced to do so, say close aides

    By Saad Hasan

    KARACHI: The outgoing CEO of the Karachi Electric Supply Corporation (KESC), Frank Scherschmidt, was abruptly sacked after he developed differences with some directors of the board of the utility, sources told The News on Monday.

    The German CEO was unceremoniously removed from office on March 24, 2007, without assigning any reason and was not even allowed to stay at the KESC head office for remainder of the day, they added.

    Scherschmidt, an engineer by profession, was hired at the end of 2005 when KESC was privatised. At the time, he was given the challenge of fixing the utility and making it a profitable entity. In this regard, Scherschmidt announced some bold steps and a challenging plan to ensure that the company was pulled out of the red.

    However, in March he was replaced suddenly by a former Managing Director of Fauji Foundation, Lt-Gen (Retd) Syed Muhammad Amjad. General Amjad is known, however, more for his work as the initial chairman of General Musharraf’s National Accountability Bureau.

    General Amjad was ostensibly removed from that position after the business community protested over the manner in which the accountability process was being conducted. However, many dismiss this as mere speculation.

    With regard to the exit of Scherschmidt, people privy to the matter say that he never wanted to leave his position, especially when the scope of Siemens – the operational and management contractor – in matters of the utility had been limited.

    The main bone that Scherschmidt had to pick with the operators of KESC was the influence of Siemens in the day to day running of the utility. Ironically, when this matter was sorted out, Scherschmidt was also shown the door.

    Interestingly, the outgoing CEO was not included in the preparation process of the new organisational structure under which Siemens was to oversee the operational side of the utility alone.

    While an official of Siemens rebuked the CEO for failing to assert control over KESC employees, sources say Scherschmidt was most saddened at the way the employees learned about his departure – through newspaper reports.

    “I really wanted to connect with employees and build up a lasting relationship,” a source quoted Scherschmidt as saying after his removal.

    But the decision of the board annulled Scherschmidt’s intentions and widened the gulf between the management and employees of KESC. The employees already resent Siemens’ representatives.

    The change in top rank of the utility comes right before the grueling summer months in Karachi when the number of power breakdowns is at its highest and suffering of consumers at its worst.

    The timing seems convenient to lay blame on outgoing CEO who wanted to see more investment and less interference from directors representing owners of the company and government.

    Sources say the board did not allow Frank much space to perform his duties and kept interfering in the working of the utility that has an unreliable and outdated transmission and distribution (T&D) system.

    So bad is the T&D system that 400mw out of every 2,000mw that passes through it is lost as a result of overloading, say technical officials. While Frank Scherschmidt’s experience compelled him to fix some of these leakages, the board, whose members hardly stay in Karachi, looked the other way.

    It is pertinent to point out that in recent days, KESC has signed a $125 million loan agreement with the International Finance Corporation (IFC). Scherschmidt’s job was unenviable. The federal government for obvious political considerations kept pressurising the KESC CEO, asking him to report to Islamabad every now and then.

    Referring to the situation that prevailed in one of the board meetings, a close confidant of Scherschmidt disclosed that one of the directors wanted to introduce uniforms for employees while the CEO emphasised on putting in place certain procedures before such a move.

    The CEO rejected the idea of handing over the uniforms to employees without making sure who will wash them or where will the employees put them after work. In light of the circumstances that led to Frank’s ouster, a KESC union member said it was very unlikely that the new CEO, who knows nothing about a power utility, would be able to deliver what was desperately required in the city – an uninterrupted supply of electricity.

    When contacted, a KESC spokesman clarified that Scherschmidt had not left under any pressure but relinquished his position of his free will. Contrary to the impression that all blame would fall on Scherschmidt’s shoulders, the KESC spokesman also maintained that Scherschmidt has done his job of preparing a future strategy and now the new CEO will implement it and strengthen the organisational side.

  2. MB (unregistered) on April 13th, 2007 @ 3:29 pm

    Ok now read this again :
    a KESC union member said it was very unlikely that the new CEO, who knows nothing about a power utility, would be able to deliver what was desperately required in the city – an uninterrupted supply of electricity

    Now sit back and relax while power showdown starts.

  3. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on April 13th, 2007 @ 3:58 pm

    Even if those ppl stop stealing power (Incedentaly they are the most vocal when there is loadshedding! – oh the irony), WAPDA does not generate enough electricity to fulfill the demand of the ever increasing populus with higher energy demands than the outdated infrastructure can support.

    I went to an AEDB (Alternate Energy Development Board) coneference about a month back & Liaqat Jatoi, currently the minsister of Water & Power (I think his title is diff though (?)) admitted that Pakistan is short 4000MW & if drastic measures are not taken, by 2009, on average we will have only 6 hours of elec a day!.

    He was stumped when asked that why after 3 years of issuing several licences were the people not being provided with land or being short changed by Wapda on the proposed PPA (Power Purchase agreement) (WAPDA wants to give 11cents–that too after haggling— to AEDB members while its paying 17 cents to other sources & about to negotiate that price to 22 cents).

    Btw, as i write this, there is no electricity!

    Goes about 4 hrs a day (sometime twice, multiple times on other days) in the phase 5 area.

  4. MB (unregistered) on April 13th, 2007 @ 4:16 pm

    As i was writing that comment KESC blessed me with a jerk too, thanks to MS WORD for saving me

  5. Party~boy (unregistered) on April 14th, 2007 @ 5:52 am

    i love your last line…. “while i writing that comment KESC blessed with a jerk”
    haha… thats cool…

    hey why dont you guys get ” SOLAR electricity panels ”
    I have heard there was recently an exhibition in karachi about solar energy…..

    and you can get a nice system for around 30 – 40 thousand rupees…. ONCE in a life time investment and dont need to worry about KESC or losing expensive TV or fridge or AC due to fluctuation…

    yeah … and I have heard some of these solar electricity systems can even support your AC …
    so there we go….
    Solar electricity is been used in our villages…

    and almost every city in Pakistan gets good sun shine….

    so its time for a change…. just invest 30-40 thousand rupees only ONE time and get rid of your KESC bills and surcharge and additional surcharge or 1000 other taxes on your electricity bill every month….

    you will be doing your self a favour and also you will be doing a favour to KESC …. because they just can’t do the job…..

    btw…. where is da party @

  6. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on April 14th, 2007 @ 11:23 am

    “I have heard there was recently an exhibition in karachi about solar energy…..

    That was the AEDB exibit. & nothing was on sale. Just demo’s.

    “and I have heard some of these solar electricity systems can even support your AC”

    AC’s/TV’s/Microwaves/Iron’s, need high amounts of voltage. A solar installation can support it, but you would need powerfull batteries that are able to retain the charge.

    & 30-40 grand?. You have your info wrong. You get a UPS (+ 2 batts) for 30G’s.

    Alternate Energy (Wind/Solar) is the way forward, but as with everything, the Admin does not want their “Khancha’s” to be slowed down.

  7. Captain Sathish (unregistered) on April 14th, 2007 @ 3:48 pm

    All hardware for alternate energy is subject to duty and sales taxes where as – in neighborhood anything which is related to power up a remote / rural / urban location its free from all local taxes but yes a surcharge on urban locations on use of alternate resources for domestic and industrial power.

    1 KW solar panel array for 99 year life span is for 3000 euros ( 1 euro = 81 pkr)

    we add up taxes it becomes out of reach even for riches

    need of time for Govt to revive and revoke all taxes on alternate energy hardware.

  8. ronin (unregistered) on April 14th, 2007 @ 9:51 pm

    let’s apply for mass asylum in western countries

    REASON : 40C and high temps and NO electricity – whole city becomes a mass torture cell


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