“A woman whom we are yet to identify opened a kiosk in this area yesterday (Friday). She hired electricians to illegally connect power in her premises, which I highly think might have been the main trigger behind today’s electricity circuit,” he said.
The suspects went on the streets on Friday and Saturday to protest operations against illegal power connections in the areas of Bugembe. They lit old tyres in the middle of the Jinja-Iganga highway, affecting traffic and businesses along the highway.
The victims who are residents of Bugodo village in Kapyanga Sub County in Bugiri district are reported to have come into contact with power transmission lines from loose electricity poles which had fallen in their garden.
Iddi Magezi, the Bwikya Ward Councilor says some people approached Kwaligonza recently and connected power to her house, which they have been using to trap grasshoppers. He suspects that they could have connected the electricity wrongly.
In her communication to the house on Wednesday, the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga questioned why Government was conducting a feasibility study and yet Government had assured them that the falls will not be tampered with.
Eng. John Baptist Nuwamanya, Metering Services Manager at Umeme who led the operation says they have found out that many clients had added several components to their Yaka metres enabling them to utilize electricity without pre-loading tokens.
Eng. Frank Kitumba was evicted by a team from the University Estates, Works Directorate, security guards and police officers in what his lawyers described the eviction as unfortunate and contempt of the law.
The farmers under their umbrella; Busoga Sugarcane Out Growers’ Association, argue that the cost of production in terms of fertilizers, cultivation, and transportation of cane from farms to the mills is higher than the payments farmers receive at the end of the chain.
Hajarah Nambaziira a resident of Nambeere village says that when women visit the facility, they are asked money for gloves, mama kits on top of high transport to the facility among others which they can’t afford.
Rt. Rev. Samson Naimanhe, the Bishop of Busoga Diocese who led the thanksgiving service, called for the sensitisation of cane farmers in the region on each clause in the bill before it is discussed by parliament.
Ulstein explained that sub-Saharan Africa is one of the most important investment hubs on the continent with unexplored opportunities in the energy sector, which Norway plans to explore so as to create more jobs.
The committee also said in 2006 Government assured the people of Kabale district that the Mini Power Station Maziba Mini Hydro power station commissioned in 1963 would be rehabilitated and was expected to be operational by 2011, but to date nothing has been done.
Stephanie Rivoal, the French Ambassador to Uganda, said the French government and other EU member countries are injecting huge sums of funds in infrastructure, water, health and electricity in terms of loans and grants.
Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited Corporate Affairs Manager, Simon Kasyate in a statement confirmed that ARTELIA EAU ENVIRONMENT and KKATT CONSULT LIMITED are the new Owners Engineer OE for the Isimba 183MW Hydro Power Project.
Dr Frank Sebbowa, a former Chief Executive Officer, in an interview expressed doubt on Ugandas ability to meet the National Development Plan aspirations. He noted the fact that power generation in the country is likely to double from the current 825 MW to 1757 by 2020.