The MPs who were on a field trip to Western Uganda to ascertain the level of electricity penetration in the area, expressed the concern while visiting substations in Masaka, Ntungamo and Kasese districts, where they were told that electricity supply to Rwanda, Tanzania, and Kenya is uninterrupted.
The blackout started just moments before the address which was earlier on planned to start at midday. According to the Umeme Spokesperson, Stephen Illungole, there was a problem at the Owen Falls Dam, where the water hyacinth reportedly blocked the turbines.Illungole says that this could partly be related to the overflow from the lake.
Umeme blamed the power outages on what it called a technical problem affecting generation in most parts of the country. The Outages in some parts of Kampala last for about three hours before power was restored.
Robert Nsabiyumva, a welder along Chuho road in Kisoro Municipality, says the persistent power outages are crippling his business. According to Nsabiyunva, he is unable to beat deadlines because of the power outages, which affects his earnings.
According to the officer, when they inquired about the blackout they were told that the District Police Commander, Jonathan Musinguzi ordered West Nile Rural Electrification Company-WENRECO to disconnect the power to their houses.
Dan Ruhemba Kamusiime, the Mbarara District Returning Officer, says the rain that started as early as 2am, mostly affected officials who were delivering the voting materials on boda bodas. He however, said they were doing everything possible to expedite the delivery of the material to ensure voting starts immediately.
The market, managed by Jinja Municipality has failed to settle its utility bills with National Water and Sewerage Corporation and UMEME, the power service providers. While UMEME demands 5.7million Shillings, National Water and Sewerage Corporation is demanding 12.2million Shillings in arrears.
Kisubi says that although UMEME is working towards reducing the rate of power blackouts, the supply may not fully stabilize over the next two years. He adds that in the short term, they will work with Uganda Electricity Distribution Company limited to replace faulty circuits and replace bypassed fuses on t-offs.