UMEME’s corporate affairs and regulatory director, Blessing Nshaho says that, much as they have partnered with agencies to ensure that, most of the trading centres have access to power, electric wires are being vandalized, which has since slowed down connections.
Constant power outages in Luuka District have been attributed to
consistent vandalism and theft of transformer fuel.
Speaking during the commissioning of the Uganda Rural
Electrification Access Project-UREAP at Waibuga sub-county headquarters in
Luuka district on Wednesday, UMEME’s corporate affairs and regulatory director,
Blessing Nshaho says that, much as they have partnered with agencies to ensure that, most of the trading centres have access to
power, electric wires are being vandalized, which has since slowed down
UMEME signed a one year contract with the Energy Ministry aimed at
fostering free power connections for 87,500 consumers under the UREAP, as part
of the implementation of Uganda’s 10-year electricity connection
policy-ECP. They have so far completed free connections for 22,371
consumers in the different parts of the country.
The USD 100 Million clean energy project from the African Development
Bank-AFDB, alongside European Union’s-EU, 11.2 Million Euros is aimed at
fostering free electricity connections in the different rural communities
throughout the country.
The project targets free power connections for 825 applicants
within Luuka district, with a key priority to public facilities like schools,
health facilities and sub-county headquarters.
Nshaho argues that leaders ought to sensitize members of the
general public on the negative effects of vandalism.
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However, Luuka South MP, Steven Kisa says that UMEME officials
should work with security agencies to foster routine power line inspections and
in turn ensure timely replacement of vandalized areas.
Ruth Nankabirwa, the Minister for Energy says that they are
drafting a bill aimed at regulating the type of scrap sold within the
market. She says that the bill will hinge big fines on all scrap dealers
purchasing electricity connection materials.
The European Union team leader for inclusive green economy,
Lennart Deridder said that affordable energy access should foster digitization and long-distance learning within the rural communities.
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African Development Bank’s country manager, Augustine Nga
Fuan, says that the project which is targeting majorly the lighting of rural communities
will foster improved maternal healthcare services since lower health centres
shall have access to constant power connections.
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In the 2019/2020 financial
year, the government through the Uganda Electricity Distribution Company
Limited -UEDCL made a loss of Shillings 25.5billion due to vandalism and power theft.