Residents of Agago District are protesting the persistent power outage
in the area.
For a month now, electricity supply hasn’t been stable in the district
affecting normal operation of several businesses.
Electricity in the district is distributed by Pader-Abim Community
Multi-Purpose Electricity Cooperative Society (PACMECS) under the Rural
Joseph Okello, the proprietor of God’s Will Computer Center in Patongo Town
Council says the area sometimes goes without electricity for three days even
when it’s not raining.
He says whenever there is a power outage, he spends 30,000 Shillings daily on
fuel to run a generator to keep his business operational.
Okello says this has greatly affected his profit margin since many customers
shy away from his services because of the high prices he charges while running
He says if the power outage persists, he may be forced out of business because
of the high cost in running.
Vento Acayo, an employee at Fair Bet also in Patongo Town Council says the
company is incurring huge expenses in running generators for the past one month
due to the persistent power outage in the district.
She says at one point, the company’s appliances which include Television set
and a computer were damaged when power was restored with a high voltage power
forcing them to spend a day off.
According to Acayo, amidst the problems they are facing, officials from PACMECS
haven’t issued any statement to the affected residents on why power is
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Andrew Tookema who runs KK photo studio says he hasn’t been working for the
past two weeks because of high cost of running generator.
Tookema says it would be better for government to allocate maintenance of power
in the district to a different company adding that for long they have been
Lillian Atek, the PACMECS General Manager blamed the persistent power outage on
the current heavy rains and rotten electricity poles that are being
She says some times it is UMEME to blame arguing that sometimes they drop
PACMES fuses in corner Kilak without notifying them in case they are
experiencing challenges on the 33KV Feeder on Lira-Kitgum line.
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She, however, didn’t give any specific date when electricity supply will
normalize in the district since the technicians are on the ground replacing
some fallen and rotten electricity poles.
PACMECS also serves other districts such as Pader, Lamwo, Kitgum, Abim and
parts of Omoro and Gulu.
Under electricity project funded by the African Development Bank, the European
Union and German State development bank; KfW, locals pay subsidized rates for