All agencies in the sector will work together with Police and RDCs to execute the 'Mother of all Assaults' on vandalism that has seen over 150 tons of steel stolen and power theft that has cost the government hundreds of millions of dollars as a result.
The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development
has rallied all concerned agencies in the energy sector with different government administrative and security structures to launch the biggest offensive ever on power theft and vandalism of transmission lines and
distribution infrastructures which.
The attack which Minister Ruth Nankabirwa has called "olulumba sserulumba" meaning "the mother of all attacks" is aimed to crash once and for all vandalism and power theft that says costs the government hundred of millions of dollars a year.
The government has in the past three years intensified investment
in the electricity generation, transition and distribution operation throughout
the country. But despite these investments the ministry of energy decry the rampant
cases of vandalism of power supply infrastructure.
has said that the recent outage of power experienced by the country was due to
vandalism where segments of the network have been destroyed out of malice which
interferes with the progress of the country.
//Cue in “ The interference with….'//
Cue out…. some people end up dying.' //
Nankabirwa adds that the interference with electricity
supply network threatens the security of people’s homes, it has increased the
cost of doing business in Uganda and also it has an effect on the cost of power.
THe minister also observes that vandalism of power supply infrastructure
has a relationship with the unregulated scrap business in the country, saying that
there is need to work with Uganda Manufacture’s Association to ensure
regulation of the scrap sub-sector.
//Cue in “ When I met the …'//
Cue out….Us dollars to vandalism”.//
The minister cited out the cases of vandalism which include the collapse of five towers in Mbalala
in Mukono district on the 132 KV line that happened on the 20th
September 2018 causing a power blackout that lasted for 3 hours.
She adds that 29
towers were badly vandalized in Tororo district on the 132 KV Tororo- Lira transmission
line under construction leading to 13 towers collapsing on the ground which
leads to delays on the delivery of government projects and increasing project
//Cue in “ Eriyo districts ezimanyiddwa…'//
Cue out……abali mu bikolwa bino”.//
“156 metric tons of steel equivalent to 20 towers have been vandalized
on the 220KV Bujagali -Toro transmission lines, this illustrates the
determination of the vandals who even dig out the thick metallic part fixed in
the ground,” she said.
The minister called up the RDCs who are the head of security
committees in their respective districts and responsible for monitoring
government projects to come up and fight this vice in the order to realise the
NRM manifesto on electricity distribution in all parishes.
//Cue in: “ Kakati gwe RDC…'//
Solomon Muyita the spokesperson of the ministry of energy said that all government electricity distribution agencies like UEDCL,
Umeme Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA) and other companies have come
together with the help of police and other members of the district security committees
to fight electricity infrastructure vandalism in the country.