The Electricity Control Board is at an advanced stage of establishing middleman-like regional electricity distribution companies for southern and central Namibia. This will mean residents of places like Windhoek or Keetmanshoop will no longer buy electricity from their municipalities but rather through the REDs. The move is being opposed by both the current and previous mayors of Windhoek who, respectively, said that it will mean a decrease in revenue for the city and that resident will end up paying more for electricity if it goes ahead. The ECB however says the move is in line with government’s principle of cost-reflective electricity prices.