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Hoima Woman Electrocuted

Iddi Magezi, the Bwikya Ward Councilor says some people approached Kwaligonza recently and connected power to her house, which they have been using to trap grasshoppers. He suspects that they could have connected the electricity wrongly.
Locals at Kwaligonza's home.Photo by Emmanuel Okello.

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A businesswoman in Hoima has been electrocuted inside her house. The deceased has been identified as Scovia Kwaligonza 35, a resident of Mparo South in Hoima East Division Hoima City and trader at Duhaga Kidomole Market in Hoima West division.


She is suspected to have been electrocuted inside her house on Tuesday evening. The deceased’s neighbour, Janat Asaba, says they learnt of Kwaligonza’s death when they heard her child crying helplessly. 

She says they were forced to check the house and to their surprise, they found Kwaligonza’s lifeless body lying on a naked electric cable.

//Cue in: ”Tuwulirembe omwana na…  

Cue out:…….mama Isaac Afiire,”//

Iddi Magezi, the Bwikya Ward Councilor says some people approached Kwaligonza recently and connected power to her house, which they have been using to trap grasshoppers.

He suspects that they could have connected the electricity wrongly.

//Cue in: “So this time…

Cue out:…ki batingire sente,”//

Margret Monday a resident of the area faults UMEME for failing to carry out regular inspection of power consumers. She wants UMEME to compensate for the deceased’s family.

//Cue in: “Mali tosobora kuyemera…

Cue out: ”Tiki baire kurungi,”//



Peter Kaujju, the head of Communications at UMEME says they are investigating whether the people who connected power at Kwaligonza’s home were from UMEME or illegal power connectors. 

//Cue in: ”emitendera wejiri nti… 

Cue out:…to find out.”//

Illegal power connections kill dozens of Ugandans annually. However, most victims of electrocution are buried secretly for fear of reprisal from the authorities.