Ibi Florence Ekwau, the Kaberamaido Woman Member of Parliament expressed concern about delays by the Energy Ministry to implement the power projects in a timely manner even when resources are availed by parliament.
Uganda could once again be plunged into load-shedding if the government doesn't find the money to pay electricity arrears owed to Umeme. In a letter to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy from the Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA) and seen by URN, the regulator warns of massive load-shedding if Ugx88.33billion [Ugx44.7bn from last financial year] is not found and paid to the Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited (UETCL).
The Resident District Commissioner (RDC) of Kitgum district Lt. Okot Santos Lapolo has issued a 3 months ultimatum to Umeme Power Limited to stabilize electricity supply or face the wrath of business community in the district.
The power crisis has seriously affected medical services at Masaka regional referral Hospital. Dr. Florence Tugumisirize, the Masaka Hospital Director says although they now use generators daily, there are other equipment that cannot run on generator. She says the equipment used in neonatal unit does not use a generator.
Members of parliament have rejected the proposals of the executive and maintained that the contract of power distributor umeme should be cancelled as the committee that was set up to investigate the electricity sector recommended.
Last week ERA announced an adjustment in electricity tariffs but also revealed that government expects to spend at least Shs59.6bn in 2014 on heavy fuel oil plants located in both in Tororo and Namanve. The plants have an installed capacity of 100MW but generate electricity at a much higher price than hydro-electric plants â€“ Bujagali, Kira and Nalubaale.
The machines which were a donation from the Italian government for training students who are doing technical courses were installed at the school workshop fifteen years ago but have never been used due to lack of power to run them.
The security team comprising of at least five resident district commissioners, army and police officers, tasked Umeme managers to explain the alleged involvement of their staff in vandalizing electricity installations and escalating power outages in various parts of the country.
A Human Rights body has lodged a complaint against the government, power distribution company UMEME and the Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA), over indiscriminate loading shedding in public hospitals that has led to many avoidable deaths of patients.