So apparently after 7 years of the lifting of sanctions and over 300$ Billion in revenues, and supposedly over 20$ billion spent on the electricity sector. The good people of Basra and Baghdad do not receive more than 6 hours of electricity a day. While most would find the fact that after all this time and all this money spent with not only a lack of result but a deterioration in the service astonishing, probably more would find it even stranger that not one person seems to be at fault here.
The obvious target seems to be the Ministry of Electricity and its minister Kareem Wahid. He, however, seems to blame the Ministry of Oil for not providing the fuel necessary for the generators, of course we must not forget the Finance Ministry who get blamed for everything these days for not providing the necessary finances. Strangely enough, it was the Finance Minister’s party leader who initiated the long overdue attack on electricity services, but the comically named Shiltagh Aboud, Governor of Basra, alluded that Al Iraqiya List is to blame for politicising the electricity issue and stirring up trouble by encouraging protests. In the meantime, Karim Wahid (Yes, him again!) calls the protestors Ba’thists and Takfiris as it seems clear to everyone that no reasonable person would protest the lack of electricity in 55 Degrees heat. I guess that explanation also justifies shooting at the protestors and fatally wounding one of them.
It is outrageous that after all these failures in this sector and others, you are hard-pressed to find one Iraqi official who is willing to admit to committing mistakes even in good faith, instead it always seems to be everyone else’s fault.