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Gulu Power Consumers Protest Outages

The municipality has been experiencing the power outage for the past five years. The power often goes off and sometimes takes about 12 hours before it returns. The power outages have destabilized business especially in the industrial areas forcing some factories to relocate.
19 Nov 2018 10:51
Power consumers in Gulu municipality have taken to the streets to protest the persistent power outages. The power consumers stormed the streets this morning with placards denouncing the power distributors-UMEME.

 

The municipality has been experiencing the power outage for the past five years. The power often goes off and sometimes takes about 12 hours before it returns. The power outages have destabilized business especially in the industrial areas forcing some factories to relocate.

 

 

The Power Line from Tororo-Opuyo-Lira to Gulu has 60,000 connections. UMEME blames the outage on the increasing number T- offs on the high voltage line. Last week, government blamed the power outage on the old wooden electric poles on the line found in the swamp and keep falling off.

Government also says the Gulu line (Tororo-Opuyo-Lira) is an old line that was set up in the 60's and needs routine maintenance hence the intermittent power supply. The Energy State Minister, Simon D'Ujanga, government is currently replacing the wooden poles with metallic ones.  He says the power supply to Gulu should be sorted by the end of this financial year.