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Power Outage Hinders Registration of Refugees in Lamwo

Umeme, the largest electricity distribution company mandated to operate, maintain, upgrade and expand the distribution network in the country attributes the rampant load-shedding to the effects of global warming that cause disruptions on distribution lines.
04 Jun 2019 07:45
An electric pole visibly hanging after burning out during dry season near Okol Primary School, Mucwini sub county in Lamwo district
Power outage in Lamwo district has halted the registration and verification of South Sudanese refugees entering the district. 

The exercise is being done using biometric verification machines that require steady power supply. The power outage has also affected access to the internet by various humanitarian agencies.  

Employees of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees - UNHCR and Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) are reportedly stuck with over 3,000 refugees at the reception centres.  

The UNHCR Public Relations Officer Aslam Duniya Khan says currently as a result of power outage and poor internet, OPM and UNHCR are being forced to register the refugees manually then enter them to the computer. 

Julius Kawuma, the Resettlement Camp Commandant under OPM says they hope to resume normal operations at the reception centres this week when their faulty generators are repaired. 

According to Kawuma, the power outage has affected and slowed down the relocation of refugees. He added that at least 1,400 refugees were registered at their reception centres in Waligo, Ngomoromo, Aweno-Olwiyo and Madi-Opei border points by the end of May.   


Umeme, the largest electricity distribution company mandated to operate, maintain, upgrade and expand the distribution network in the country attributes the rampant load-shedding to the effects of global warming that cause disruptions on distribution lines.  

A total of 12,000 refugees from South Sudan have fled their country to Uganda since the beginning of the year following the continuous insecurity and hunger back home.   The refugees mostly from Maji- Moto and enter Uganda through Ngomoromo, Tseretenya, Apiriti and Madi Opei Sub County in Lamwo district.