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Live Lines Threaten Lives in Rakai

Ddwaniro residents say their lives and property are in danger due to UMEM’s failure to inspect and monitor the poles and poor connection in the current rainy season.

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The rains that have been pounding the country causing floods and direct damage to homes and gardens are posing an additional threat in Rakai;  electrocution via live clothes lines.

Residents and local leaders in Ddwaniro sub-county are living in fear over the increasingly damaged and weakened electricity powerlines and poles.   They say their lives and property are in danger due to UMEM’s failure to inspect and monitor the poles and poor connection in the current rainy season.

This follows an incident in which a woman only identified as Hajjat Rehema, a resident of Lwendawula village, was electrocuted to death on Friday while hanging wet clothes on a line to dry.   

Leticia Nabawanuka, the deceased’s neighbour, says they are worried since none of them knows where the problem is.She adds that more people may die in a similar way if UMEME authorities do not intervene and address the problem in time.   

According to Jafar Mubiru, the Ddwaniro sub-county councilor, it is not known how the wire she has used regularly tapped into the electricity that killed her.   He explains that in the same week, a girls’ dormitory of Buyamba SS also caught fire, and property worth millions of shillings was destroyed.   

Mubiru attributes the incidents to the current heavy downpour which has weakened and damaged several electricity poles in Buyamba and Kamengo villages yet the inspection by UMEME is not sufficient.  

//Cue in: “Ng’omukulembeze w’ekitundu kino…  

Cue out:….mulabe emitawana giva kuki.”// 

He adds that poor inspection and monitoring affects the power supply which also adversely affects people’s businesses.   He further appealed to UMEME to intervene and fix the damaged wires and replace old or weak poles to save people’s life and property.   

//Cue in: “Ng’omukulembeze w’ekitundu kino///

Cue out:…….mulabe emitawana giva kuki.”//   

Barbara Kasande, the UMEME Manager -Masaka Branch, says they are aware of the problem in the Ddwaniro area whose issues fall under Uganda Electricity Distribution Company Limited (UEDL) and .   However she adds that the company is monitoring the area in order to identify the problem to rectify it. 

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