Muhamad Katimbo, a resident from Bugungu LC I notes that they complained to Umeme about the destruction of their property but to date nothing has been done. According to Katimbo, they will not allow the power company to transmit power through their area for breaching the agreement they had with them.
More than 60 residents from five villages in
Njeru Central Division have stormed Njeru municipality seeking help from the
authorities to push for the compensation of their properties and crops
destroyed by power distributors, Umeme.
The affected people claim that Umeme destroyed their properties and crops last month while extending a power
line to Magan Meghi Patel-MMP industrial park. The affected residents are from Bugolo,
Kikubo, Bugungu Kiryowa and Bukayu villages.
According to residents, Umeme contracted WCP
limited, which cleared their crops, fruits, trees and toilets to clear way for
the power line. Muhamad Katimbo, a resident from Bugungu LC I notes that they
complained to Umeme about the destruction of their property but to date nothing
has been done.
According to Katimbo, they will not allow the
power company to transmit power through their area for breaching the agreement
they had with them.
in: “Twagala batwongere…
Cue out: …tujja kutuuka”//
80-year-old Teopista Nanyunga says that she received
Shillings 400, 000 for the power line to go through her yard but to her
surprise the power line past right through her house.
Nanyunga told URN that
she lost all her children and has no other relatives, saying once her house is
destroyed she will have nowhere to go to.
//Cue in: “Nzira ampa…
Cue out: …baba, nzira mama”//
Denis Ssenkatuuka, another resident claims Umeme
officials promised to spare their houses but after signing the compensation
agreements, they have started placing electric poles on the verandahs of their
houses on top of cutting trees recklessly and destroying their property.
“Power brings development we can’t deny that. But
what shall we eat after our crops and fruit trees are destroyed. Umeme is not compensating
us well and the authorities are silent,” he said.
The Njeru Municipal Mayor, Kyazze has called
for calm as the municipal authorities engage the responsible authorities.
Stephen Illungole, the Umeme Media Manager
also called for calm from residents, saying their team will revisit the ground
to identify the illegalities and irregularities committed for appropriate
“As Umeme we implement projects after going
through the rightful procedures. If there are complaints we shall not proceed
with any work until they are rectified,” Illungole said.