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.
The Town Clerk, Deo Ndimo, said he was aware of the issues of Mpanga market but asked for more time so as to comment. But the Mpanga Market Vendors Chairperson, Stephen Asiimwe, calls for transparency if the market is to move forward.
On Thursday afternoon, residents lit bonfires using old vehicle tyres, saying they have repeatedly petitioned power distributors Umeme to repair the faulty transformer in vain. They said the power outage has fueled crime in the area prompting them to demonstrate to express their anger.
An energy activist group has said non-renewal of the UMEMEs concession as electricity distributor will not end what it calls endemic corruption and mismanagement of the electricity sector. While Africa Institute for Energy Governance AFIEGO welcomes President Musevenis directive against renewal of UMEMEs concession, it is calling for more action including punitive measures against Energy Minister Irene Muloni and her ministry officials.
The eight were electrocuted while extending a tent, which came into contact with a live electricity power line, during the preparation for the wedding of John Muwanika, Police driver and his wife Topista Namuzugu.
The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) has today defended the purchase of Umeme shares worth 34 billion Uganda Shillings in May 2014 after parliament had recommended the termination of its contract. Geraldine Ssali, the acting Managing Director NSSF, today reaffirmed that they had followed the procedure when the additional shares were purchased. Ssali further said that there were no indications from cabinet and the Ministry of Finance that the Umeme concession was going to be terminated.
The Resident District Commissioner (RDC) of Kitgum district Lt. Okot Santos Lapolo has issued a 3 months ultimatum to Umeme Power Limited to stabilize electricity supply or face the wrath of business community in the district.