According to Natala, he paid for a legal connection in January this year but nothing has been done yet he needs power.
A section of
prospective power consumers in Bududa district are up in arms against power
distributors Umeme for delayed connection.
Some of the prospective power
consumers say despite applying for the connection over a year ago, the power company
has failed to deliver.
Bududa is one of the
areas with a high number of illegal power connections. Recently, five people
were picked in an operation by a team of Umeme officials lead by police for
illegal power consumption.
However, the suspects
had receipts indicating that they had applied
and paid for power but Umeme is yet to deliver prompting them to resort to
One of those arrested is Andrew Natala, who operates a shop
According to Natala, he paid for a legal connection in January this
year but nothing has been done yet he needs power.
//Cue in:" I applied for power...
Cue out:....for long time"//
Kalifan Musene, another resident says he applied for power
last year, but he has never been connected to date.
//Cue in: "Kuliko kulomba
Cue out:..beeze bayinlisemu ka masayanlaze"//
Moses Siisa, the Bumayoka Sub county LC III Chairperson wants
government to set up a mini power station to resolve the power issues in the
He alleges that Umeme rarely
responds to their power problems on ground that Bududa has a poor road
Bududa District LC V Chairperson, Wilson Watira
asked the applicant to continue following up with Umeme until they are
He said resorting to illegal
connections will only land them in trouble with the law.
The Umeme Mbale Manager, Paul Sempira hasn’t yet
commented as he couldn’t be reached by the time of filing this story.
a staff in the office that spoke to URN on condition of anonymity blamed the
delayed power connection to understaffing