A 40- year old Sam Nabusigo, a resident of Wanyange lake cell, in
Northern division, in Jinja City has today been electrocuted while placing his clothing on a metallic line.
His neighbors told Uganda Radio Network (URN) that loose electric wires fell on the metallic line that Nabusigo was placing his clothes on before he was struck by electricity.
Police detectives and UMEME engineers have since inspected the
scene of crime and the deceased has been taken to Jinja regional referral
hospital’s mortuary, awaiting postmortem.
Viola Namusoke, a relative of the deceased says that
electric lines within the area were exposed following persistent rains and they
lacked the capacity to repair them. “Electric wires throughout the neighborhood
have over the past two weeks become loose following persistent rains and I think
it partly contributed to my uncle’s fatal accident,” she says.
Salim Mwase, another resident in the area says that some
people in the area are still hooking wires onto the
high voltage power transmitting lines, which exposes them to electricity
related accidents. “UMEME operatives disconnected power from all illegal
elements however, most of our colleagues have continued to tap electricity directly from power transmitting lines," he says.
Meanwhile Kiira region’s police spokesperson, James Mubi
says that the accident resulted from illegal power connections within the
area. Mubi adds that police alongside UMEME teams have embarked
on sensitization drives aimed at enlightening masses on the risk factors
resulting from illegal power connections.
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Available police reports indicate that at least three
people loose lives due to power thefts in Jinja district and Jinja city
respectively. Hoowever, most of the electric circuit related deaths are never
reported to responsible authorities.