The blackout started just moments before the address which was earlier on planned to start at midday. According to the Umeme Spokesperson, Stephen Illungole, there was a problem at the Owen Falls Dam, where the water hyacinth reportedly blocked the turbines.Illungole says that this could partly be related to the overflow from the lake.
The northern Uganda towns of Gulu, Lira and Kitgum, among others, have faced dire power outages in the recent past, mainly as a result of bush burning and vandalism. The notable affected areas by bush fire includes, Lira town, Puranga, Agweng in Lira district and Ibuje in Apac district among others.
Wim Vanhelleput, the Chief Executive Officer MTN, says that the bill payment should be free of charge for the customer, and the receiver, who in this case is the utility supplier, should meet the costs.
Tibalwa argues that the circumstances under, which the 2004 deal was negotiated, have changed. For instance, she says the deal was negotiated after a long drought spell that had lowered power supply. This meant that government couldnt guarantee enough power supply for the distributor.
The Uganda Government has lost approximately 129 billion shillings to the electricity distributor, UMEME in depreciation and return on asset since 2004 when the latter signed a contract to take over power distribution. The Auditor General says this non-compliance with the Lease Assignment Agreement provisions negatively affects future investments of Uganda Electricity Distribution Company Limited.
Power utility firm Umeme wants its lifeline tariff increased from the current 150 shillings to 200 shillings. The Electricity Regulatory Authority ERA allows Umeme to provide 15 units per month for all domestic consumers charged at 150 shillings per unit.
Several homes and businesses in Wakiso Town Council are still counting losses after a power surge on Thursday evening burnt electric appliances including computers, TV screens, fridges, sockets and bulbs.
Umeme blamed the power outages on what it called a technical problem affecting generation in most parts of the country. The Outages in some parts of Kampala last for about three hours before power was restored.
In a June 05 2017 statement, Jennifer Musisi, the KCCA Executive Director, says on May 23rd, it was resolved during a meeting between KCCA and representatives of NWSC, UMEME and Sarah Kizito, the managing director of M/s Nalongo Estates Ltd, they agreed that Nalongo Estates gives national water access to land.
Robert Nsabiyumva, a welder along Chuho road in Kisoro Municipality, says the persistent power outages are crippling his business. According to Nsabiyunva, he is unable to beat deadlines because of the power outages, which affects his earnings.