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Vandalism of Electricity Transmission Installments Frustrating Businesses in Kasese

Zeverio Mugisa, the vice-chairperson of Kabughabugha village in Rukoki Sub-county says that as a result of the vandalism, the power supply to various parts of the area has been disrupted.
Vandalism of electricity installations is affecting businesses in Kasese

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Vandalism is frustrating the government's effort to extend electricity to rural communities in the Kasese district. 

The recent incident involves the theft of five kilometers of cables from the newly installed transition power lines in Busongora North and South constituencies.    

Also affected is the Nkenda voltage power line plunging several areas into a power blackout, which has taken a huge toll on businesses that are dependent on power.

Zeverio Mugisa, the vice-chairperson of Kabughabugha village in Rukoki Sub-county says that as a result of the vandalism, the power supply to various parts of the area has been disrupted.  

To try and safeguard the installations, Mugisa says they have mobilized vigilantes who are voluntarily offering security at night in the village.  

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Mugisa says that they suspect that those involved in the theft of tower line installations could be conniving with technical people within power distribution companies in the district.   

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Balinda Kigheta, another resident says vandalism of the electricity supply network has led to power blackouts and increased the cost of doing business. 

He says businesses such as saloons have gone several days without power yet most of them operate on rented premises.

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Steven Mukasa from Nyakabingo accuses power distributors of failing to deal with quack technicians who are always roaming their villages. 

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Following these reports, Police in Rwenzori East have since mounted operations in some of these areas and recovered some exhibits and arrested one suspect in connection with the theft.  

Ismail Kaawo, the Rwenzori East Region Police Spokesperson, says that security agencies have since mounted a manhunt for the suspects whom he said are involved in acts of economic sabotage.  

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Umeme Managing Director, Celestino Babungi recently said that the vandalism of electric installations has cost the company Shillings 3.6 Billion since the beginning of the year. 

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